Russia's industry ministry is to chair the inquiry into the crash of an Antonov An-148 regional twinjet during a test flight.

The inquiry is being set up in line with regulations governing accidents to experimental aircraft.

Chairman and deputy industry minister Denis Manturov says the commission has already started its work and will hold its first meeting on 6 March.

"We hope that today's incident with the aircraft, which was carrying out a training flight, will not affect the operation of serially-produced An-148 aircraft on regular services," he adds.

The commission will also include committee representatives from United Aircraft, Antonov, engine designer Motor Sich, airframer VASO, Irkut Corporation, and other parties.

Six occupants of the An-148-100E, an airframe destined for export to Myanmar, were killed when it came down south of Voronezh.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news