On Monday, in Siberia, a passenger plane went down and crashed taking the life of 31 people in the process. The plane was carrying 43 people. 39 were passengers and 4 were crews. The other 12 people who survived were immediately hospitalized, on duty emergency officers said. The survivors were in serious condition.
The aircraft flew from Tyumen, a west Siberian city and was on its way to Surgut a place well known for its vast reserve of oil.
A local airline named UTair operated this crashed carrier. UTair mostly functions in the Ural Mountains and the western part of Siberia.
The crashed plane at hand is an ATR-72, French-Italian collaboration with twin engine.
The plane went down within a very short amount of time while the attempt for an emergency landing, the airline website said. The accident occurred about one and a half kilometers away from the Roshchino airport.
From UTair, no immediate explanation behind the crash was published.
An airport official said that the plane climbed hardly a hundred meters and suddenly lost every radio contact. It is assumed that the problems occurred during the take off and the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing.
Russian aviation officials have obtained technical documents regarding the aircraft. A full scale investigation has already been started. Poor quality pilot training and ‘conked out aircrafts’ are the primary suspects.
The plane took the crash quite hard. The jet broke down into manifold pieces.
The ‘Russian Emergency Ministry’ said that the black box had been found.
Tyumen city is about 1,700 kilometers east from the capital, Moscow. The city represents the capital of a big oil producing state with the same name. The aircraft’s destination was Surgut, heart of a large oil and natural gas company named ‘Surgutneftegaz’.
This is another big and crucial hit to the aviation industry of Russia. The country’s aviation industry has been going through a rough ride for quite a few years till now. President Vladimir Putin has set ‘reforming of aviation industry’ as a top priority.
Officials pointed out lack of strict rules and testing process and also age old training systems. Use of Soviet-era planes is also another prime cause behind the accidents in recent years.
Immediately Putin’s order came to lay off broken down and old planes by the end of 2012. New rules and regulations will be set to ensure a safer and better aviation industry.