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article imageDid cellphone use by hockey player cause Russian air crash?

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By Sara Star
Sep 12, 2011 in World
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Yaroslavl - One of the hockey players on board the tragic Yak-42, had been speaking to his wife on his cell phone, just as the aircraft was preparing for take-off. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.
The Yak-42 crash on Sept 7 in Yaroslavl that took the lives of 43 hockey player, has now claimed another life. Russia Today reported that Alexander Golimov, the lone hockey player survivor, died today while undergoing surgery for a trachea transplant. He had been in an induced coma since the accident. The remaining survivor Sizov remains in critical condition, but has been moved to the main floor.
Some preliminary findings have been reported on Yaroslavl air crash. According to Russia Today, the transport prosecution has ruled that the Yak-42 was in proper mechanical condition. The most likely cause was pilot error, though not confirmed. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
It is not known whether cell phone usage is being considered a factor in the crash, but a recent investigation has revealed that the use of even one cell phone can interfere with aircraft instruments, ABC News posted a video. There have been 75 incidents identified, including "rapid changes in altitude control".
Older aircraft are particularly vulnerable.
Boeing engineer David Carson says interference occurs when signals hit highly sensitive electronic sensors hidden in the passenger area. These sensors are particularly vulnerable in old planes.
In what was featured as a love story tragedy by Russia Today, there is speculation about what may have inadvertently caused the crash - cellphone usage. Hockey player Pavel Trakhanov was sending his love to his wife just as they were preparing to take off.
His wife said that his last words were, ‘We are taking off. I will give you a call in Minsk.”
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