Russia and Kazakhstan disagree on causes of MIG-31 aircraft crash 26 ноября 2013, 00:18
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Andrei Tarasov, Managing Director of the 514 Aircraft-Repairing Plant, has declared that Kazakhstan's statements blaming the Russian plant for the MIG-31 aircraft crash in Kazakhstan were premature, and the preliminary conclusions based on tests and investigations had too many contradictions, Internfax-Kazakhstan reports.
The MIG-31 aircraft of Kazakhstan Air Forces was repaired at the 514 Aircraft-Repairing Plant in Rzhev city, Russia in 2012.
"We insist that the statements made by Kazakhstan are premature and the fault of the 514 Aircraft-Repairing Plant has not been proved," Tarasov said on November 21.
At that he underlined that the results of the investigation held in Kazakhstan were preliminary and had a lot of contradictions in them.
Kazakhstan Military Prosecutor Zhenis Temekov said that the cause of the MIG-31 aircraft crash and the pilot's death, that happened in April in Karaganda oblast, was the imperfect repair at the Russian plant. "Based on the Russian experts’ conclusion, the crash was caused by disconnection of the flight control actuator because of inadvertent unscrewing of the nut that held it in place," Zhenis Temekov said during the briefing on November 20.
In reply to the statement made the Kazakhstan Military Prosecutor, Mr. Tarasov said that according to the information made available to the 514 Aircraft-Repairing Plant and MIG Russian Aircraft Corporation, "decoding of the testorogram of the aircraft flight showed that the last section before the collisions with the ground, the located of both left and right halves of the stabilizer was the same, which means the longitudinal control system was operating correctly."
He also called the "conclusions of Russian experts" mentioned by the Kazakhstan Military Prosecutor's Office groundless. According to Tarasov, during the investigation of the MIG-31 crash, no representatives of MIG Russian Aircraft Corporation or the 514 Aircraft-Repairing Plant were included into the investigation commission, which violates the contract terms, although they arrived to the accident site the next day after the crash.
"After the main group left the representatives of MIG Russian Aircraft Corporation and the 514 Aircraft-Repairing Plant who stayed were not admitted -- under various pretexts -- to the airdrome to control and take pictures of aircraft details delivered from accident site, as they were sorted by the systems," Tarasov said.
He added that the technical inquiry to study the aircraft details and control actuators in the R&D center of the Defense Ministry of Russia was developed by the Kazakhstan party unilaterally without any representatives of MIG Russian Aircraft Corporation or the 514 Aircraft-Repairing Plant involved.
Tarasov believes that the newly discovered evidence require an additional study. "After a joint meeting of the R&D Center of the Russia Defense Ministry, MIG Russian Aircraft Corporation and the 514 Aircraft-Repairing Plant, most investigations into the newly discovered circumstances will be made," Tarasov said.
A MIG-31 military airplane of the military department No. 50185 of the Defense Ministry of Kazakhstan crashed during a training flightin Karaganda Oblast in central Kazakhstan at 10:41 p.m. on April 23, 2013. 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. The accident was reportedly caused by a technical failure.
A criminal case was initiated by the military prosecutors of Kazakhstan in relation to the crash over the Article 392 of the Kazakhstan Criminal Code (violation of rules for flights and preparation to flights).