Aviation authority challenged after crashes

Prominent lawyer to ask Russia’s Supreme Court to cut powers

The authority of Russia’s aviation watchdog, the Interstate Aviation Committee, is under question as a prominent lawyer pledges to ask the country’s Supreme Court to challenge its powers following a spate of air disasters. The committee is Russia’s main civil aviation certification authority and also has the task of investigating crashes. The lawyer, Igor Trunov, argues that the committee suffers from a conflict of interest that prevents it from performing its tasks effectively.
The lawyer told a press conference that the body has a “monopoly on power and on investigations” that stops it from naming the officials who are actually responsible, leading it to “blame everything on the dead”.
[pictured: YAK-Servis Yak-42, pictured in 2005]