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Briefing February 2013 Issue

Briefing: February 2013

Superjet Pilots Blamed In Fatal Crash

Investigators concluded that the crew ignored terrain warning systems on a Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jet that crashed into a mountain during a demo flight last May in Indonesia. “The plane crew was not aware of the mountainous terrain on the flight path due to several factors,” investigators said. “This meant they neglected the warning signals of the plane’s Terrain Awareness Warning System.” The crew also was distracted by a long conversation with a potential buyer who was in the cockpit, according to the report. Forty-five people were killed in the crash. The Russian-built airplane entered service last year, but fewer than 20 have been delivered.

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