Deputy head of Federal Air Transport Agency obtained higher education diploma illegally, Prosecutor General's Office

Deputy head of Federal Air Transport Agency obtained higher education diploma illegally, Prosecutor General's Office
Andrey Belyakov

Designs of 400 aircrafts were changed without proper research; a number of stations carried out maintenance of suspicious aircrafts.

The Prosecutor General’s Office and the FSB jointly identified multiple irregularities in the work of Rosaviatsia (Federal Air Transport Agency) on the eve of the crash at Sheremetyevo Airport. For example, the deputy head of the agency, Andrey Belyakov, received his higher education diploma without passing tests and exams in five disciplines. Also, designs of more than 400 aircrafts were changed without conducting research and performing work certification, RBC reports, referring to its sources.

More than 80 line stations carried out maintenance of aircrafts registered in Bermuda and flying without a certificate issued by the Federal Air Transport Agency. “The approval of such stations has been terminated due to the position of the Ministry of Transport,” the source explained. 

Rosaviatsia did not take proper measures regarding nine airlines that are in “inadequate financial and economic condition,” which threatened the flights regularity.

Rosaviatsia’s head of the Aircraft Airworthiness Department Valery Kudinov allowed a conflict of interest by issuing airworthiness certificates on the basis of the findings of Airways Technics LLC, which involved his son to inspect the aircraft. The Agency refutes the fact of conflict of interests. 

The Agency and the Ministry of Transport are working to eliminate these and a number of other violations.

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