KAZAN, December 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Head of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency’s (Rosaviatsia) department in the republic of Tatarstan, Shavkat Umarov, has surrendered office following the crash of a Boeing passenger plane in capital Kazan which killed all 50 people on board.
“Everything has been coordinated with the Rosaviatsia leadership,” Umarov told reporters. “I handed in resignation because I feel responsible for what happened in my department, in the sphere I was to supervise,” he said. According to him, as a rule department chiefs resign following such catastrophes. One of Umarov’s deputies will be acting chief of Rosaviatsia’s regional department.
A Boeing 737 of Tatarstan air carrier crashed at landing at the airport of Kazan on a flight from Moscow. Forty-four passengers and six crew died in the crash on November 17. Criminal proceedings were launched over “violation of aviation safety regulations inflicting the death of two or more people through negligence”.