Russia vows to restore wrecked airplane
The AN-70 prototype, which crashed on January 27, will be restored and put back in the air. This was reported by main designer of OKB Antonov in an exclusive interview to ITAR-TASS news agency.
While falling on the ground and sliding in deep snow, AN-70 damaged its bottom fuselage, left engine propeller, and the airframe which collapsed into two. However, experts claim that these damages may be liquidated. After evacuation of the wrecked plane to Omsk Aviation Plant, the aircraft will undergo massive maintenance program.
The cause of the accident was failure of first and third powerplants, each consisting of the engine, propeller and automatic control system. FSB is now trying to discover exactly which of those components malfunctioned.
Fuel analysis conducted earlier by FSB proved that gas could not have caused the accident.