UTair ATR 72 crashes in Russia

An ATR 72-201 operated by UTair was involved in an accident on 2 April at 07:53 local time (05:33 Moscow time) near Korkovka in Western Siberia resulting in more than 30 fatalities.

Flight 120 was operating between Tyumen and Surgut with 39 passengers and four crewmembers and crashed shortly after leaving Tyumen. The aircraft, registered under VP-BYZ, was MSN (Manufacturing Serial Number) 332, initially delivered from the ATR production line in October 1992. UTair had been operating this aircraft since August 2008.

The Russian Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) is leading the investigation and is the official source of information. According to international regulations, ATR will advise the French Bureau d’Enquêtes et Analyses (BEA) safety investigation authority representing the state of the aircraft manufacturer.

The full circumstances of the accident are still to be determined, but there were reports of the pilots choosing not to de-ice the aircraft at Tyumen. Also, the IAC has reported that the engines had been running until the aircraft hit the ground.

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