Re: AN-124 Ruslan Crash pics

Date:         21 Dec 97 02:32:55 
From: (Brian Clouse)
Organization: Prodigy Services Company  1-800-PRODIGY
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The current Aviation Week reported that the Russian authorities were
studying the likelihood of a fuel system failure.  The crash apparently
came after both #1 and #2 engines failed just after takeoff.  The plane
was carrying 2 new Su-27 fighters to Vietnam, and had just returned from
Vietnam after an earlier delivery.  Speculation is that the An-124 was
still carrying a lot of tropical-blend fuel from Vietnam and had not been
given the necessary additives in Irkutsk to allow it to work properly in
the Siberian winter.

Makes sense to me, anyway.