Russian ramp checks find 24 serious safety issues

October 21, 2011

The Russian Department of State oversight of civil aviation, Gosavianadzor conducted a total of 279 “ramp checks”  of civil aircraft of the Russian Federation during the month of September 2011. The results of checks on 150 aircraft revealed 311 comments, including 24 observations that affected flight safety (Category 3).

The following aircraft were temporarily grounded until the issues were resolved:

  • Kogalymavia Airbus A320 TC-KLA;
  • Grozny-Avia Yakovlev 42D RA-42418;
  • Gazprom Avia Yakovlev 42D RA-42451;
  • Izhavia Yakovlev 42D RA-42459;
  • Izhavia Yakovlev 42D RA-42385;
  • Tulpar Air Yakovlev 42D RA-42408;
  • Krasava Yakovlev 42D RA-42370;
  • Kuban Airlines Yakovlev 42D RA-42331;
  • Kuban Airlines Yakovlev 42D RA-42342;
  • Saravia Yakovlev 42D RA-42378;
  • UTair-Express Antonov 24RV RA-46494;
  • UTair ATR-42 VP-BLJ.

Russian Tu-134 accident caused by poor decision making in below-minima weather conditions

September 19, 2011

The Tu-134 broke up. (photo: Ministry of Emergency Situations)

The Russian Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) published the final report of their investigation into the fatal accident involving a Tupolev 134 jetliner at Petrozavodsk, Russia, blaming poor decision making in below-minima weather conditions.

On June 20, 2011 a Tu-134 operated by RusAir on behalf of RusLine, crashed on final approach to Petrozavodsk Airport (PES). The Tupolev struck trees and crash-landed on a highway while on final approach to runway 01. Forty-seven occupants died in the accident; five survived.

The investigators concluded that the airplane flew an approach in conditions worse than weather minimums for the airfield and that the crew failed decide to go-around. Instead the airplane descended below the minimum safe altitude in the absence of visual contact with approaching lighting and landmarks, which led to contact with trees and the ground in controlled flight.
Contributing factors were:

  • Poor interaction of the crew and poor crew resource management (CRM) from the commander of the flight during the approach. The pilot subordinated himself to the navigator causing the co-pilot to be effectively excluded from decisions;
  • The use during the flight of a navigator in a light level of alcoholic intoxication;
  • Incorrect weather forecast with regards to height of the cloud base, visibility and severe weather – fog;
  • The use of navigation equipment that used satellite navigation to determine the aircrafts position, which was in violation of the Flight Manual Supplement for the Tu-134.


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Russia grounds several Yak-42 planes for safety reasons

September 11, 2011

Russian aviation regulator Rostransnadzor has suspended the operations of several Yakovlev 42 aircraft following the fatal accident involving such an aircraft on September 7 near Yaroslavl, Russia.

Rostransnadzor reported that by September 9, six Yak-42 aircraft had been checked. These checks resulted on the grounding of three planes, operated by Grozny Avia, Gazpromavia, and KrasAvia.

On September 10, inspectors grounded a Yak Service Yak-42D, RA-42412 at Izmir, Turkey because one of the engines had been in use beyond the time limits set for the engine. On the same dat an Izhavia Yak-42 was grounded at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport due to unspecified safety violations.



Russia suspends IrAero Antonov 24 operations

August 19, 2011

Russia’s transport safety regulator Rostransnadzor suspended all operations of Antonov 24 aircraft of IrAero.

An Antonov 24 of IrAero was involved in an runway excursion accindent at Blagoveshchensk Airport (BQS), Russia on August 8, 2011. An inspection of the airline by Rostransnadzor revealed several safety deficiencies, prompting a suspension of all operations of AN-24 aircraft of the airline.

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Russia grounds Antonov 12

August 10, 2011

Russia’s transport safety regulator has grounded Antonov 12 aircraft after a plane crash that killed 11 passengers near Magadan, Russia on August 9, 2011.

Rostransnadzor said in a statement that it decided to suspend flight operations on all  An-12 aircraft operated by airlines in the Russian Federation, until the airlines  take priority measures to lower the risk of operating a fleet of An-12 aircraft in accordance with established safety management systems.  Currently, there are 12  AN-12 aircraft active in the Russian Federation, operated by six airlines.


Accident airlines Hewa Bora and Rusair grounded by authorities

July 15, 2011

Two airlines involved in recent fatal accidents were grounded by authorities. 

Media in D.R.Congo reported that the Congolese government has suspended, Wednesday, July 13, the air operating license (AOC) of Hewa Bora Airways, pending the outcome of the investigation launched into the crash of a Boeing 727 on July 8 at Kisangani. A spokesman for the Ministry of Transport said that the decision to withdraw the operating license was taken due to recurring accidents involving this airline.

In a similar move, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia)  suspended the AOC of Rusair following a plane crash on June 21 that killed 47 people. A Tupolev 134 of the airline crashed near Petrozavodsk Airport in Russia. A spokesman reported to RIA-Novosti: “Due to violations revealed during an investigation, the operator’s license has been suspended.”


Russia threatens to ground Tupolev 154M

March 17, 2011

Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency is considering to ground all Tupolev 154M aircraft by July 2011 if certain modifications are not made.

The Agency reported 10 cases of power supply failure of, seven of which were due to battery overheating.

Cases of fuel system malfunction were also noted.

The manufacturer should issue mandatory changes to the airplane to improve safety, according to Russian media.

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Temporary ban on Tupolev 154B flights in Russia following accident

January 2, 2011

A Kogalymavia Tupolev 154B-2

The Russian Federal Transport Oversight Agency, Rostransnadzor, proposed a temporary suspension of all Tupolev 154B flights in Russia.

The decision was taken one day after a fatal accident in Surgut in which three passengers were killed. A fire erupted in Tupolev 154B shortly after startup before a regular passenger flight to Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport.

Rostransnadzor states that it conducted “a rapid assessment of the risks of further operation of this type of aircraft” and decided to propose a temporary suspension until the factors and causes of the accident are known. According to a representative quoted by RIA Novosti, there are 14 Tupolev 154B-2 aircraft operational in Russia at the moment.

Iran: Russian pilots have to leave in two months

March 6, 2010

Russian commercial pilots flying for Iranian airlines have to leave the country within two months, according Fars News Agency.

“Upon an order from President [Mahmoud Ahmadinejad], the Road and Transport Ministry has set a two-month deadline, after which all Russian pilots must leave the country,” the Iranian Minister of Roads and Transportation Hamid Behbahani said.

The order was issued by the Iranian President after the accident involving an Ilyushin Il-62 in July 2009. The airplane, flown by a Russian captain, suffered a runway excursion accident after landing at high speed at Mashhad Airport. Sixteen were killed in the accident.

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