On April 2nd, 2012 an UTair turboprop with 43 people on board was to fly to a Siberian town of Surgut but crashed within minutes of takeoff from Tyumen killing at least 31 people.
Those who survived were helicoptered to a nearby hospital. It was later announced that some of them died.
The impact split the plane into three pieces.
Investigators focus on the possibility of a technical malfunction as an eyewitness reported seeing smoke coming from the engines as the aircraft came down. It can be also blamed on the pilot’s error.
The Surgut-bound plane crashed shortly after taking off from Roschino International Airport, about 30 km from the Siberian city of Tyumen.
The plane’s two black boxes have been found, officials said. They also say connection with UTair’s ATR-72 aircraft was lost just three minutes after it took off.
The plane was trying to make an emergency landing when it went down.
UTair has three ATR-72 planes. The crashed plane was built in France and was registered in Britain. The engine was produced in Canada.
The ATR-72 has been involved in several accidents in past years. Most recently, one went down in bad weather in Cuba in November 2010, killing all 68 people on board. Cuban aviation officials said the investigation showed there was nothing wrong with the aircraft. In August 2009, an ATR-72 flown by Bangkok Airways skidded off the runway and crashed into a building after landing in stormy weather on the Thai resort island of Samui, killing the pilot and injuring seven people.
UTair share price dropped 3.91 percent on news of the crash.
Russian aviation needs new flight training programs since Russian pilots and aircraft mechanics are unable to adapt to modern aircrafts which number keeps increasing.
Location: The Tyumen Region