Russian Air Official Charged over 2011 Plane Crash

A senior aviation official has been charged with negligence over a plane crash in northwestern Russia a year ago in which 47 people died.

Eduard Voitovsky, the air transport agency Rosaviatsia’s radio and radar flight systems safety chief, did not inspect Petrozavodsk airport’s meteorological apparatus on time, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told journalists in Moscow.

The Tupolev Tu-134 jet, a RusAir flight from Moscow, hit a road just short of the runway in heavy fog on June 20, 2011. Five people survived.

Two airport officials were also charged over the crash, which investigators blamed on pilot error, Markin said.

The navigator of the airliner was “in a light level of alcoholic intoxication,” an official report said last year.


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