Bangladeshi victims returned to families after crash

By Mutasim Billah

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AA) – The bodies of 23 Bangladeshi passengers who were killed in an accident at Nepal's Trivuban International Airport have been brought back here Monday by a Bangladesh Air Force cargo plane.

The flight landed at 4 p.m. (1000 GMT) at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

The bodies of 26 Bangladesh passengers have been identified among 49 souls who perished when a US-Bangla Airlines plane crashed March 12 at the airport in Kathmandu with 71 people onboard.

"DNA tests will be required for identifying the three other victims if all other methods fail,” said Kamrul Islam, general manager, marketing support and public relations for airlines.

He said funerals for the victims were held around 5:25 p.m. (1125 GMT).

After the funeral, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader placed wreaths on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Military Secretary to President Maj. Gen. Md Sarwar Hossain also placed wreaths on behalf of President M Abdul Hamid.

The bodies were then handed over to victims’ relatives.

Authorities believe the plane crashed because the pilot failed to follow instructions from the control tower and said recordings between the pilot and the tower indicated confusion about the direction the plane should land.

Russian military aircraft crashes in Syria, 32 dead

By Elena Teslova

MOSCOW (AA) – A Russian military transport aircraft An-26 has crashed in Syria while landing at the Hmeimim airport, killing all 32 people on board, according to the Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday.

A total of 26 passengers and six crew members were aboard, all of whom died, the ministry said in a written statement.

The plane collided with the ground just 500 meters from the runway, it said.

Technical malfunction is being considered as a reason for the crash, it added.

A special commission of the Defense Ministry was examining all possibilities into the crash.

Russia: Iced speed probes may have led to plane crash

By Elena Teslova

MOSCOW (AA) – The crash of An-148 passenger aircraft on Sunday may have been caused by ice on speed probes which led to incorrect information on the plane’s airspeed, an aviation committee said on Tuesday.

Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), which investigates aircraft incidents, decoded the data of the flight recorder and stated the aircraft instruments in the flight desk started producing incorrect speed data because of icing.

According to the initial analysis of the data available, IAC said the heating system was switched off before the take-off. The emergency situation began to develop 2 minutes 30 seconds after the take-off at an altitude of about 1,300 meters, it added.

Around the same time the plane disappeared from radar.

Later, the wreckage of the aircraft was found in Moscow’s suburbs. Six crew members and 65 passengers, including a child, were onboard. No one survived.

UPDATE 2 – Russian airplane crashes in Moscow suburbs

UPDATES WITH TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER’S CONDOLENCES

By Elena Teslova

MOSCOW (AA) – There were no survivors in the crash of a Russian passenger aircraft carrying 71 people in Moscow suburbs Sunday, according to Transport Prosecutor's Office.

Flight AN-148 operated by Saratov Airlines crashed near Ramenskoe town, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations said in a statement.

Aboard the flight were six crew members and 65 passengers, including a child.

The airplane disappeared from radars minutes after take-off from Domodedovo Airport.

Transport Prosecutor's office announced that everyone aboard died in the crash. Only two bodies had been found so far.

The flight recorder and parts of fuselage have been found and sent for analysis to determine cause of the crash, the office added.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu talked to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov over phone to offer his condolences, according to a diplomatic source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

UPDATE – Russian airplane crashes in Moscow suburbs

UPDATES WITH NO SURVIVORS, 2 BODIES FOUND SO FAR

By Elena Teslova

MOSCOW (AA) – There were no survivors in the crash of a Russian passenger aircraft carrying 71 people in Moscow suburbs Sunday, according to Transport Prosecutor's Office.

Flight AN-148 operated by Saratov Airlines crashed near Ramenskoe town, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations said in a statement.

Aboard the flight were six crew members and 65 passengers, including a child.

The airplane disappeared from radars minutes after take-off from Domodedovo Airport.

Transport Prosecutor's office announced that everyone aboard died in the crash. Only two bodies had been found so far.

The flight recorder and parts of fuselage have been found and sent for analysis to determine cause of the crash, the office added.

Russian airplane crashes in Moscow suburbs

By Elena Teslova

MOSCOW (AA) – A Russian airplane with 71 people on board crashed in Moscow's suburbs Sunday, emergency officials said.

Passenger flight AN-148 operated by Saratov Airlines crashed near Ramenskoe town, said the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations in a statement.

Six crew members and sixty-five passengers, including a child, were on board when the flight departed from Domodedovo Airport.

The airplane disappeared from the radars minutes after the taking-off.

Reports of the crash first appeared on social media websites.

Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov and rescue services are trying to reach the crash site.