UPDATE: Monday, April 2, 2012
The head of Russia's civil aviation agency says the airliner that crashed in Siberia, killing 31 people, appears to have been improperly de-iced before takeoff.
However, Rosaviatsiya head Alexander Neradko was also quoted as saying there was no indication that the de-icing negligence caused the crash.
The twin-engine turboprop belonging to UTair crashed shortly after takeoff Monday from the snowy western Siberian city of Tyumen with 43 people aboard. Twelve people have been hospitalized in serious condition.
The state news agency RIA-Novosti quoted Neradko as saying the de-icing treatment "was not done at the necessary level." But he added investigators could not yet connect this with the causes of the crash.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Officials have revised the toll from a plane crash in Siberia today, saying a dozen people survived and 31 died. The survivors are hospitalized in serious condition.
The ATR-72, a French-Italian-made twin-engine turboprop, operated by UTair was carrying 39 passengers and four crew.
The aircraft went down on a snowy field outside a major regional center in Siberia about 1,000 miles east of Moscow. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
The Emergency Situations Ministry first said 12 survivors were flown by helicopter to a hospital, but that one of them had died. The ministry's regional branch later said that a 12th survivor was in a village hospital.
Russia has seen a string of deadly crashes in recent years. Industry experts point to problems including poor crew training, crumbling airports, lax government controls and widespread neglect of safety in the pursuit of profits.