Findings Shows That Russia Plane Crash Hit By Lightning Before Deadly Landing

While looking into Sunday’s crash landing that left at least 41 dead, Russian investigators on Monday morning named three possible causes for the incident: pilot error, poor weather and technical issues.

In the hours immediately following the incident, several contradictory accounts got in the way of the facts of the incident.

However, several things seemed clear: the 2-year-old plane was hit by lightning shortly after taking off at 6.02 pm local time: it lost control of at least some of its communications and navigation systems, and it burst into flames on landing heavily at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.

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The rescue effort also appears to have been hampered by passengers looking to retrieve their hand baggage, AFP report.

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While speaking with Russian media, members of the crew confirmed the plane had been hit by lightning and lost radio communications prior to returning to Sheremetyevo airport.

The report read:

“There was a bright flash and a bang,” pilot Denis Evdokimov is quoted as saying. “The fire began after landing, I understand, because of the landing.”

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Findings Shows That Russia Plane Crash Hit By Lightning Before Deadly Landing