Lightning Probable Cause of Russian
170 Lives Lost
Investigating officials believe that
lightning was the cause of a fatal Russian plane crash that caused
170 people, including 45 children to loose their lives.
plane was flying from the Russian Black Sea resort of Anapa to St.
Petersburg when it crashed over eastern Ukraine.
The crew of flight FV 612 sent out
a distress signal and two minutes later disappeared from the radar
screens. It is believed that the airplane encountered a severe thunderstorm.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing a large
ball of flame and thick smoke as the jet seemed to hang in the air
before hurdling to the ground.
Fragments of the Tu-154 jet were scattered
across a gully and wooded area near the village of Sukha Balka.
A burnt-out engine lay in a field and chunks of fuselage jutted
out of a clearing. Debris was scattered over an area the size of
a soccer field.
Search teams have recovered the black
boxes that contain voice recorders and important data. Investigators
stress that it is still too early to make any conclusions about
the accident. However, a lightning strike has not been ruled out.
This was the second deadly crash involving
a Russian airliner in the past two months. Back in July, 122 people
died when their airbus skidded of a runway while landing in Siberia.
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