Russia's UTair grounds ATR 72-200 planes after crash

By REUTERS
April 3, 2012 17:45

 
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MOSCOW - Russia's UTair Aviation has suspended all its flights of ATR 72-200 aircraft until it knows the results of an investigation into a deadly crash in Siberia, the company said on Tuesday.

A 21-year-old UTair ATR 72-200 crashed after takeoff from Tyumen in western Siberia on Monday, killing 31 of the 43 people on board. UTair said the plane crashed while trying to make an emergency landing shortly.

Preliminary analysis of the "black box" flight recorders showed both engines were working when the plane hit the ground, the Interstate Aviation Committee, which investigates air crashes in 12 ex-Soviet republics, said on Tuesday.

The plane rose to an altitude of about 210 meters after takeoff, then dipped to its right side and then sharply left as it crashed, the Moscow-based committee said.

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