Russia prosecutors accuse airline of lapse in training
AFPMOSCOW--The Russian airline owned by media mogul Alexander Lebedev failed to ensure that the pilots of a plane that crash-landed in December underwent emergency simulator training, prosecutors said Wednesday.
February 14, 2013, 12:36 am TWN
Russia's aviation agency has already suspended the operations of the Red Wings airline after one of its aircraft careered off the runway of a Moscow airport on Dec. 29 and smashed into a highway.
Five crew members were killed and further loss of life was only prevented by the fact that the plane was flying without passengers.
“An enquiry has established that the crew did not undertake training on a flight simulator concerning warning systems about the approach of the ground and a collision,” Moscow region first deputy transport prosecutor Murad Kekhlerov said, quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency.