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Russia to annul certificate of notorious Tatarstan airline from December 31, 2013

December 20, 2013, 16:35 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The local airline became notorious after a Boeing-737 crashed in a touchdown at the Kazan airport
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MOSCOW, December 20. /ITAR-TASS/. The Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) will annul an operating certificate of the airline “Tatarstan” in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan in the Volga Federal District starting from December 31, 2013, Rosaviatsiya reported at its official website on Friday.

The decision was taken after the violations of the certification requirements had been exposed in the airline, as well as the violations of the work time and leisure time of the crews and the violations, which the crews had made, not taking advanced training courses, Rosaviatsiya reported. “Rosaviatsiya has issued a decree on December 19, 2013 to annul an operating certificate of the airline “Tatarstan” starting from December 31, 2013,” the agency reported.

At a meeting devoted to the results of an unscheduled inquiry of the air carrier the top managers of the airline “Tatarstan” asked the Rosaviatsiya leadership not to annul an operating certificate of the airline until January 15 in order to finalize the program of flights and to avoid the problems with the tickets already sold by the airline, Itar-Tass reported.

The local airline became notorious after a Boeing-737 airliner belonging to the air company and en route from the Moscow airport Domodedovo crashed in a touchdown at the Kazan airport and exploded on November 7. All passengers and crewmembers — a total of 50 people — died in the air crash.

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