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Russian authorities unveil preliminary report on Tu-154 jet explosion

01-04-2011 08:05 BJT

MOSCOW, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Investigation Committee has released a preliminary investigation report on last Saturday's plane explosion, saying technical failure or violation of fire safety rules could be the likely causes of the accident, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Monday.

However, the Interfax news agency said violations of the operation rules and fire safety were the causes of the accident.

According to the local media, the Investigation Committee will use DNA test to identify those killed in the explosion.

On Jan. 1, a fire began in one of the engines of a Russian Tu- 154 passenger jet when the plane taxied for takeoff at the Siberian airport of Surgut.

The fire then caused a powerful blast, killing at least three and injuring more than 40 others.

Also on Monday, the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), an intergovernmental organization authorized by the Commonwealth of Independence States (CIS), said all of the three engines of the aircraft were operating when the blast occurred.

"The engines' conditions are being examined," the organization said on its official website.

However, the work at the scene is complicated by low temperature, the IAC added.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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