'Blonde's error cause behind Russia plane crash’



`Blonde`s error cause behind Russia plane crash’ Moscow: The 'blonde's error' has been identified as the cause of the crash of Yakovlev Yak-42 jet plane last week in which 44 people were killed including the entire Lokomotiv ice hockey team, according to a report.

Driving away without releasing the handbrake of the car is popularly known as 'the blonde's error', a similar thing happened while Yak-42 was taking off from the Tunoshna airport on September 7 near Yaroslavl about 300 north-west from here, 'Moskovsky Komsomolets' daily today reported.

"The commander of the Yak-42 was feeling unwell so he told co-pilot to take-off. But in any case it was the commander's job to release parking brakes.

The crew realised during the takeoff run and released the parking brakes, but it was too late for the plane to lift off," the daily reported quoting a 'source close to probe'.

According to reports the plane continued its takeoff run even after the end of runway and hit a communication mast at the altitude of about five meters before disintegrating and falling onto the nearby Volga River.

PTI