Thu, May 29, 2008
Pilot Reported Smoke In Cockpit
A Russian-made Antonov An-12 turboprop may have suffered an
onboard fire prior to crashing in the Urals Monday, according to
official reports and witness statements.
Agence-France Presse reports the pilot of the large
transport aircraft reported problems onboard, and was attempting a
return to the airport in Chelyabinsk when the plane (type shown
above) went down, killing all nine people onboard.
"The pilot told ground control that there was smoke in the
cockpit and he decided to return to the airport. The plane crashed
as he was coming in for landing," the spokeswoman, Natalya
Andryanova, said on state television. "All the crew members
The aircraft impacted about seven miles north of Chelyabinsk.
One witness, Vladimir Zonov, told Moscow radio the aircraft came
down in a wheat field, and may have been on fire prior to
"We saw a big flame, as if something had exploded," Zonov
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered transport officials to
investigate the accident. That carries with it the possibility a
criminal investigation into a breach of air safety rules.
The An-12 reportedly belonged to charter operator Moskoviya, and
was heading from Chelyabinsk to Perm when the accident
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