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Russian investigators: KHL plane crash happened because of pilot error

Nov 2, 2011, 7:58 AM EDT

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The sad story about Yaroslavl Lokomotiv and their horrific plane crash in September now has its closure. Russian authorities have determined that pilot error is the reason why their flight ended in the death of all players and flight crew aboard the jet.

44 people died in the crash back on September 7 and investigators determined that the Yak-42 plane had its brakes activated by the pilot accidentally before takeoff and then over-correcting the situation by trying to elevate the jet too fast. That combination of moves as well as a poorly managed plane and poorly trained flight crew led to disaster.

Such a horrible occurrence will not soon be forgotten by anyone, but here’s to hoping that the determination of what went wrong can lead to some kind of closure for the families and friends of all who perished in the accident.

  1. gscheelar - Nov 2, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    OK, so the old plane had nothing to do with it? I don’t trust any official statement from the Russian government–especially one that pawns off responsibility from the government (where it should be) to one individual who cannot defend himself. There are SERIOUS deficiencies in the Russian airline industry and this is just one more piece of evidence. How can they determine it was the pilot who hit the brakes and not a mechanical malfunction that caused a brake system failure? Don’t buy this for one minute.

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