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Kazakhstan's military pilots pass tests

12 march 2013, 16:15
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Photo by Danial Okassov©
Photo by Danial Okassov©
Military aviation pilots of the Air Defense Forces of Kazakhstan were taking exams for confirmation, certification and improvement of their qualification over the last two months at one of the military bases in Almaty, Tengrinews.kz reports citing the press-service of Kazakhstan Defense Ministry.

“The training flights were held nonstop days and nights and frequently in bad weather conditions. The trainings involved pilots of all military aviation bases of Kazakhstan, as well as representatives of the Military Institute of Air Defense Forces. Military aviation pilots of the Air Defense Forces have confirmed their qualifications,” the message states.

To confirm their skills and qualifications, the pilots had to pass several tests in the air and on the ground. Apart from the flights, the pilots demonstrated their theoretical, weapons, marching and physical skills. They also practiced different skills and exercises in the air on different helicopters: Mi-17, Mi-8, Mi-24, Mi-26, Huey-2.

The training and qualification verifications are especially called for these days. Several air vehicles, including military ones, crashed in Kazakhstan this winter.

The MI-8 helicopter with the board number 823 owned by Kazakhstan's Euro-Asia Air went missing on November 24 while making a routine flyover of Atassu-Alashankow oil pipeline. The wreckage of the missing helicopter was discovered 90-95 km from Usharal in Almaty oblast towards Dostyk station, 5-7km east of Dostyk-Usharal road, 15-20 km from Alakol lake on November 29. All the crew members were killed in the accident.

The AN-72 military plane of the Border Control Service of Kazakhstan National Security Commission crashed on December 25, 2012. The plane had 7 crew members and 20 militarymen onboard, including the acting head of the Border Control Service of Kazakhstan National Security Commission Turganbek Stambekov. Stambekov wife Saule was also onboard.

A passenger airplane -- a Canadian-made Bombardier CRJ 200LR plane, board number UP-CJ006 -- crashed near Almaty airport on January 29, 2013 killing 21 people including a 2-year-old boy.

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