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Plane crash blamed on faulty crew maneuvers

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MOSCOW — The pilots of a Boeing 737 that nose-dived into the ground at 280 mph at the Kazan airport, killing all 50 aboard, lost speed in a steep climb then overcompensated and sent the plane into a near-vertical dive, a preliminary report by Russian aviation experts reported today.

The Moscow-based Interstate Aviation Committee, which oversees civil flights in much of the former Soviet Union, said the plane’s engines and other systems were working fine until the moment the plane…

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