On February 11, Saratov Airlines Flight 703 crashed. The crash occurred not long after the passenger plane took off from Domodedovo Airport in Moscow.
The transcript of the pilot’s conversation with his co-pilot has been revealed. The pilot—Captain Valery Gubanov—told co-pilot Sergei Gambaryan that he needed to gain altitude in order to possibly prevent the crash.
According to a translation by RBC, the pilot asked why the plane was going down. “Where?” he asked, adding the word “altitude” three times, and then “up”.
The pilot then added: “that’s it—we’re f**ed”.
RBC confirmed that the recording was indeed from the fatal crash.
Investigators are currently saying that the crash may have been the result of “flawed speed data” caused by the pilots’ failure to begin heating for pressure measurements equipment.
A committee is currently studying the airplane’s data recorder, and the committee has stated that the crash was likely the result of conflicting data being displayed on the aircraft’s airspeed indicators.
After the crash, it was confirmed that everyone on board the aircraft perished. Six crew members and 65 passengers died.
One witness said that there was actually an explosion before the plane even hit the ground. It was allegedly on fire as it fell to the Earth.
Forty-five-year-old Roman Blinok was at his home when he heard the fatal crash. He told the media that there was just one immense crash, and that was it—which Blinok found strange. There was not any “second bump” on the ground, he said, and the fragments of engine that he could see were small.
Blinok said that whatever happened actually happened in the air—not on the ground.
Russian President Vladimir Putin offered condolences to those who lost relatives in the crash.
Vadim Lukashevich, an aviation expert, said there could be several explanations for the crash, including technical problems or the weather. Weather is unlikely, Lukashevich said, because conditions were not extreme at the time, and also because the tragic incident occurred after take-off, not during landing. Therefore, in his opinion, it was likely to be something other than weather that caused the crash.
However, he said, nothing will be known until the black box records are deciphered.
The first fatal aviation-related accident in history was actually a balloon crash, and this is happened back in 1785 in France. In terms of powered aircrafts, the first fatality in history occurred in September of 1908.
Aircraft have been crashing ever since.
The deadliest aviation-related disaster, of course, was the attack on the World Trade Center back in 2001. The two crashes resulted in the deaths of over 2,700 people, most of whom were inside the World Trade Center towers.
As almost everyone knows, after the attack on the towers, a plane was flown into the pentagon, and another plane crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
In total, 2,996 people lost their lives.
There have been over 30 aviation-related disasters in which over 200 people perished. On August 12th of 1985, Japan Airlines Flight 123 experienced an explosive decompression due to an improperly repaired aft pressure bulkhead.
Pilots actually managed to keep the plane in the air for over a half hour despite the fact the aircraft was practically uncontrollable. The aircraft ended up crashing into a mountain. All but four people aboard the flight perished—the final death toll was 520.
Prior to that, there was the Tenerife airport disaster in March of 1977. That disaster resulted in the death of 583 people and was largely the result of a Boeing 747 attempting to take off without receiving the proper clearance.
Dense fog also contributed to the incident, but pilot error is considered the primary cause of the horrific incident.
There was also a mid-air collision over Charki Dadri, india. It too was largely the result of pilot error—one of the pilots was flying lower than he should have been. All 349 people involved in the collision died as a result.
The aforementioned incidents may make you want to cancel any upcoming flights you have scheduled, but the fact of the matter is the lessons learned from the tragedies have actually made air travel a lot safer.
As a matter of fact, air travel is significantly safer than traveling in a car. There may be psychological reasons you feel safer while driving—for example, you feel a sense of control when in the driver’s seat—but the numbers don’t lie. You’re safer taking a plane.
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