Captain of Tu-134 crashed in northern Russia in June was drunk

The captain of the Tu-134 plane that crashed in June, 2011 in northern Russia killing 47 people was drunk, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said in Vesti Nedeli program on Rossiya TV-channel.

The RusAir Tu-134 crashed just before midnight on June 20 while attempting to land at Petrozavodsk airport, the capital of Russia’s Karelia republic, killing 47 and injuring five people.

“It is already known that the captain of the plane had been drunk,” Markin said.

In late June MAK experts have ruled out technical failure as a possible cause of the crash. Pilot error has been identified as the most likely cause of the tragedy.

Earlier this year President Dmitry Medvedev instructed the government to look into the possibility of early retirement of all Tu-134s. The aircraft entered service in the 1960s and the most recent was built in 1984.


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