Yak-42 inquiry shrugs off cockpit design queries

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Russian investigators have dismissed suggestions that cockpit design might have contributed to the Yakovlev Yak-42 accident in Yaroslavl last month.

The Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) is still trying to understand the braking force on the aircraft which emerged during the take-off roll, as the Yak-42 struggled to become airborne.

While local reports have queried whether the crew inadvertently activated the brakes, MAK has yet to publish its conclusions, having carried out tests with a sister aircraft in the fleet of Yak Service, the carrier involved in the 7 September crash.

MAK said that the Yak-42 fleet had accumulated 2.3 million hours in 1.1 million flights, and there had not been an accident connected with the ergonomics of the cockpit.