Facebook user links Moscow plane crash to Deputy Prime Minister’s son

Facebook user links Moscow plane crash to Deputy Prime Minister’s son
Alexey Rogozin

Alexey Rogozin is involved in the production of An-148 aircrafts.

A Facebook user made a post pointing out an implicit correlation between the recent An-148 disaster and the son of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

According to the poster, although Ilyushin Aviation Complex headed by Rogozin Jr. is an An-148 developer, it acts as a curating Design Bureau. Meanwhile, some users say Alexey Rogozin is the general director of the PJSC Ilyushin Aviation Complex, rather than being its general designer.

Besides, Dmitry Rogozin’s son, Alexey Rogozin, is the vice-president of transport aviation of the PJSC United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), which, in turn, controls the PJSC Voronezh Aircraft Production Association (VASO) that produces An-148 aircrafts, Interfax wrote.

It should be noted that when Alexey Rogozin was appointed UAC vice-president and IL OJSC general director in 2017, this caused a major scandal, as some politicians saw a conflict of interests in that appointment.

An-148 aircrafts, including the one that fell in Moscow, were manufactured in Voronezh, although Ukraine supplied some of the parts. The aircraft underwent some modifications during the final assembly stage. Alexey Rogozin spoke of them in his recent interview with Kommersant.

"It was the Russian enterprise that made the most significant contribution to An-148 refinement during its production in Voronezh," said Alexey Rogozin.

The plane crash occurred near Moscow February 11. A Saratov Airlines passenger airliner was flying from Moscow to Orsk. Soon after it left Domodedovo airport, the plane disappeared from the radar. What left of the aircraft was found near the Stepanovsky village of Ramensky district, Moscow region. On board the aircraft were 65 passengers and six crewmembers; all of them died.

A criminal case was instituted under part 3 of Art. 263 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Violation of the rules of traffic safety and the operation of air transport, which caused the death of two or more persons by negligence). There is no official cause of the tragedy yet.

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