The Straits Times
Published on Dec 30, 2012

Bad brakes cited in fatal Moscow airport crash


MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian investigators on Sunday blamed a defective brake system for a Moscow airport crash that killed four crew members when a liner careened off the runway and smashed into a highway.

Rescue workers recovered the flight recorders from the four-year-old Tu-204 of tycoon Alexander Lebedev's Red Wings airlines late Saturday as Russia began mourning its latest post-Soviet crash fatalities.

"The plane touched down in the proper landing area but for some reason was unable to stop on the strip," Federal Air Transport Agency chief Alexander Neradko said in televised remarks.

"According to preliminary data, the pilots used all the brake systems available on the plane," an unidentified source in the inquiry team told the Interfax news agency.