By Steve Dellar   |  02-13-2018   News
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The White House Administration released a short statement explaining how US President Trump had called his Russian counterpart President Putin to offer the country’s condolences for the lives lost in the Moscow plane crash of this weekend which killed 71 people.

“President Trump said that the United States was standing by to assist Russian authorities in their investigation.”

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Russia is at the same time continuing with their investigation, claiming in a preliminary report that the crash of Saratov Airlines Flight 703 that killed all 71 people on board Sunday occurred after the pilots saw varying data on the plane's two air speed indicators, something which could have been caused by icing during takeoff.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BREAKING</a> Moscow plane crash may have been caused by iced speed instruments: probe <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ramensky?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ramensky</a></p>&mdash; AFP news agency (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/963407322566545408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Investigators claim that the Saratov airlines pilots did not turn on the heating unit for the plane's pressure measurement equipment prior to takeoff, something which could have caused the flawed speed data.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sunday’s tragic Saratov <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AN148?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AN148</a> scenes were all too familiar for Russians: It was the third major civil airliner disaster in recent years <a href="https://twitter.com/evangershkovich?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@evangershkovich</a> <a href="https://t.co/Hlgdgou0KZ">https://t.co/Hlgdgou0KZ</a> <a href="https://t.co/0dic1R9tcj">pic.twitter.com/0dic1R9tcj</a></p>&mdash; The Moscow Times (@MoscowTimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/MoscowTimes/status/963422754358874117?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Russian news agency Tass states that "in all other flights on the chart recorder (15 more flights), the heating of the receiver was switched on before take-off"

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Source:

https://nypost.com/2018/02/12/trump-gives-condolences-to-putin-for-deadly-plane-crash/

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Anonymous No. 18348 1518547213

Looks like I called it right 2 days ago.

Maybe I should get a job with the NTSB.

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