Saratov Airlines Flight 6W703

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Date11 February 2018
Deaths71

Saratov Airlines Flight 6W703 was an Antonov An-148-100B aircraft that crashed shortly after take-off on 11 February 2018 while flying from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport to Orsk Airport in Russia, killing all 71 people on board (65 passengers and six crew).[1][2]

On 11 February 2018, IntelToday tweeted:

One Year Ago -- Former CIA Director John McLaughlin Tells a Whopper: "We don't blow up civilian airliners..."[3]

Patrick Haseldine replied on Twitter:

So is #JohnMcLaughlin saying the #CIA didn't blow up #SaratovAirlines flight #6W703?[4]

Aircraft

The accident aircraft was an Antonov An-148-100B, registration RA-61704, MSN 27015040004. The aircraft was powered by two Progress D-436 engines. It first flew in May 2010 and was registered to Rossiya Airlines a month later on 23 June 2010. It had been involved in two previous minor incidents in service; an engine was shut down on 28 July 2013 after it surged in flight, and it suffered a nose wheel failure on take-off on 23 August 2013. The aircraft was then leased by Saratov Airlines on 8 February 2017.[5]

Accident

The aircraft is reported to have crashed near Argunovo and Stepanovskoye, villages in Ramensky District, Moscow Oblast. This occurred six minutes after take-off from Domodedovo Airport, Moscow, on a domestic scheduled passenger flight to Orsk Airport, Russia, at 12:27 local time (08:27 UTC). There were 65 passengers and six crew on board; more than 60 passengers are believed to have been Orenburg Oblast residents. All 71 people on board were killed. Rescue workers reached the site some 2.5 hours after the crash. One black box has reportedly already been found. According to a source inside the investigation, a few minutes before the crash the pilot of the aircraft told air traffic controllers about a malfunction and had to make an emergency landing in Zhukovsky. Eyewitnesses reported that the aircraft was in flames during its descent to earth.[6][7]

Investigation

The Interstate Aviation Committee is responsible for investigating aviation accidents in Russia. Within the first few hours of the investigation, the Transport ministry announced several theories regarding the crash including weather conditions and human factors.[8] Later reports stated that the weather conditions in that location were normal.[9]


References

  1. "Russian plane with 71 on board crashes in Moscow region"
  2. "Flight 6W703: First video from Russian plane crash site"
  3. "We don't blow up civilian airliners..."
  4. "So is #JohnMcLaughlin saying the #CIA didn't blow up #SaratovAirlines flight #6W703?"
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  6. "Plane with 71 on board goes missing after taking off from Moscow". Russia Today. Retrieved 11 February 2018.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  7. Luhn, Alec; Rothwell, James (2018-02-11). "71 feared dead as Russian plane crashes near Moscow". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-02-11.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  8. "Interfax news - Interfax". www.interfax.com. Retrieved 11 February 2018.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  9. Ан-148 мог упасть после столкновения с вертолетом, retrieved 11 February 2018Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
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