Pilot of aircraft that crashed with son of Tatarstan’s President onboard used false papers

Pilot of aircraft that crashed with son of Tatarstan’s President onboard used false papers

Tatarstan Airlines’ passenger carrier Boeing 737, that operated from Moscow, crashed on November 17, 2013, whilst landing at the airport of Kazan. All 50 passengers died.

Boeing 737-500 that crashed in Kazan in November, 2013, was aviated by a pilot who used false papers. This has been reported by the Investigative Committee of Russia, following the results of investigation of the plane crash.

“During the investigation, it was determined that the plane crash had been caused by wrong actions committed by an aircraft commander Rustem Salikhov and an assisting captain Viktor Gutsul. According to the investigation, Salikhov did not have sufficient skills of piloting and was approved for passenger-carrying operations on false papers,” the Committee said.

Salikhov was approved for the flights with no basic skills and experience in piloting. According to the Investigative Committee, executives of the airlines sent false data on the pilot to the local department of the Federal Air Transport Agency. The data were not checked due to negligence of a head of the Agency. As a result, Salikhov was approved for passenger-carrying operations.

Tatarstan Airlines’ passenger carrier Boeing 737, that operated from Moscow, crashed on November 17, 2013, whilst landing at the airport of Kazan. All 50 persons onboard, including 6 crew members and 44 passengers, died. Irek Minnikhanov, an elder son of Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of Tatarstan, was onboard. In 2015, the Interstate Aviation Committee concluded that the crash had been caused by the lack of preparation by the crew.

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