Failure to de-ice likely cause of Russia plane crash

Reuters News
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Posted: Apr 04, 2012 6:03 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Failure to de-ice a Russian passenger plane before takeoff was the most likely cause of a crash in Siberia that killed 31 of the 43 people aboard the UTair ATR 72-200 craft, federal investigators said on Wednesday.

"At the moment, on the basis of the materials received, the investigators consider the failure to conduct a de-icing procedure to be the most probable causes of the air crash (on Monday)," Russia's Investigative Committee said on its website.

(Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage)