From lightning strike to fiery landing: IAC releases minute-by-minute account of SSJ-100 crash
Added 06-14-19 07:37:02pm EST - “The engines of the Superjet-100 that crash-landed in Moscow on May 5 were operational until touchdown despite a lightning strike. There were "peculiarities" in the actions of the pilots, a preliminary report concludes.” - Rt.com
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41 people were killed and nine others injured after a plane of Russia's flagship carrier Aeroflot caught fire, following a botched landing attempt at Sheremetyevo International Airport.
On Friday, the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) issued its 104-page preliminary report on the incident, which included a minute-by-minute recreation of the tragic events. Here is what the IAC investigators have found:
15:08:09 The lightning "most likely" hits the Sukhoi Superjet-100. Damage typical of a lightning strike had been later discovered on the plane's body.
15:08:12 Communications problems are registered on the plane. Auto pilot and radio were the only two systems affected by the lightning strike, while the engines kept working in a routine manner.
15:08:16 After a brief discussion with the crew, the commander makes a decision to return to the airport and orders the co-pilot to send a PAN-PAN urgency signal.
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