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Russian probe blames pilot error for crash that killed 71

MOSCOW – Russia’s top investigative agency has blamed human error of a plane crash killing all of the 71 people on board earlier this year.

The investigative committee said Tuesday that an official probe to the conclusion that the Saratov Airlines ” An-148 crashed on Feb. 11, when the captain took the aircraft into a steep dive after getting a faulty air speed readings.

The commission said the incorrect information arising from the pilots’ failure to turn off the heating unit for the aircraft pressure measurement equipment prior to the flight.

Researchers had previously said that the pilots placed the An-148 on the auto pilot after take-off from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, but resumed manual control when they heard the alarm signals warning of conflicting speed data. An indicator showed the aircraft speed to zero.

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