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Russia tags Kazakhstan's statement about low-quality MIG-31 overhaul pressure on investigation

29 april 2013, 20:11
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At the accident site. Snapshot of STV Channel©
At the accident site. Snapshot of STV Channel©
Statements of Air Defense Commander in Chief Aleksander Sorokin about MIG-31 aircraft crashing because of the low-quality overhaul at the Rzhev’s 514th aircraft repair plant (Russia) are premature and incorrect, Interfax-Kazakhstan reports citing Russian company AviaRemont.

“Considering that the investigation into the crash has just started, it is too early and incorrect to make any conclusions on the causes of the crash. We consider such statements an attempt to pressurize the commission's investigation of the MIG-31 crash near Karaganda that happened on April 23,” the press-service of AviaRemont wrote.

The military plane MIG-31 of the military department 50185 of the Defense Ministry crashed during a training flight on April 23, 2013 at 10:41 p.m. The crew ejected themselves from the plane before the crash. Commander pilot Colonel Marat Yedigeev died and aeronavigator Major Ruslan Galimzyanov was hospitalized with injuries.

On April 25 Sorokin stated that the crashed MIG-31 was on warranty maintenance. The warranty period was 2 years. "Of course, the plant that performed the warranty maintenance is liable. It will have to reimburse the damages," Sorokin said. He suggested that the plane crashed because of a control system failure.

The Defense Ministry's press-service reported that the aircraft underwent an overhaul in Russia on December 31, 2012. It was on warranty maintenance and flew only 42 hours after the overhaul. A criminal case was initiated by military prosecutors in relation to the crash on the Article 392 of Kazakhstan Criminal Code (violation of rules for flights and preparation to flights). The investigation is underway.

The press-service of AviaRemont also stressed that “according to regulating documents on investigation of aviation accidents and incidents in Kazakhstan (Government decree No.828 dated 19.07.2011, Article 66), information about an investigation can under no circumstances be discussed or provided to any third parties to avoid harm to the investigation process”.

“Similar standards are used in Russia as well,” the press-service wrote. It has also stressed that “it is necessary to study the materials of the recorders that will help identify the real causes of the plane crash and provide information on the aircraft’s working efficiency, as well as the crew’s actions”.

“The personnel of AviaRemont express condolences to the family of the commander pilot of the crashed MIG-31 Marat Yedigeev,” the press-service said.

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