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August 7, 2022

Tatarstan declares day of mourning after Russian jetliner crash kills 50

The Boeing 737-500 has been operated by the Romanian low-cost airliner Blue Air and by Air France as well.
The president of the Russian republic of Tatarstan declared Monday a day of mourning as rescue crews continued to look for bodies in the wreckage of a Russian jetliner that crashed on landing a day earlier, CNN reported. All 50 people on board, including the son of Tatarstan regional President Rustam Miinikhanov, died in the crash in Tatarstan’s capital, Kazan. The victims ranged in age from 13 to 87, according to a list of names the airline posted on its website. Among them was Lt. Gen. Alexander Antonov, the regional chief of Russia’s Federal Security Service, and a British national.
“Not all the bodies have been located,” Deputy Emergency Situation Situations Minister Vladimir Stepanov told local media Monday morning. “The main work will be completed today.” Officials do not know why Tatarstan Airlines flight 363 crashed. Part of the answer may lie in the Boeing 737’s flight and data recorders. But they have yet to be located. The plane, carrying 44 passengers and a crew of six, took off from Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport, about 700 kilometers (450 miles) west of Kazan.
According to Russia Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov on the phone, expressing his condolences to relatives and friends of the deceased, and to the Tatarstan leader personally. 
Meanwhile, security cam footage of the plane nosedive has been released, just as a number of theories about the circumstances and causes of the crash that claimed 50 lives are still emerging. The black boxes have been recovered. The footage shows just how dire the situation was and how futile any efforts at rectifying the situation must have been in those final moments. It is now up to experts to decipher the information found on the ‘black boxes.’ Two onboard recorders have been found – a voice-recording device and a parametric one. They have now been sent to Moscow for deciphering.
Experts have started work on the devices, the location of which has earlier been identified at the center of the hole created by the plane’s impact with the ground, ITAR-TASS was told by officials with the Tatarstan airline. An official told Interfax, however, that the recorders are badly damaged.
Pilot error, poor fuel quality, technical failure, poorly followed safety regulations and bad weather have all been blamed for the crash, although stories of the Boeing 737-500, its age and associated issues have begun to pop up as well. Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov, speaking to the Voice of Russia radio station, said that “until the Investigative Committee has finished its work, all five theories may be valid.” However, he added that the possibility of a terrorist act is out of the question.
Initially it was alleged that a mistake was made when carrying out a repeat circle before landing. “The plane attempted to land several times. One of the [fuel] tanks detonated while the plane was landing,” said Emergencies Ministry spokeswoman Irina Rossius.
President Traian Basescu sent Monday a letter of condolences to Vladimir Putin yesterday expressing his regret for the tragedy and the support of Romania in these difficult moments, a communiqué by the Presidential administration informed last night.

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