Pilot in plane crash had forged licence

Pilot’s documents were falsified, investigators say

The pilot and co-pilot of the Yak-42 aircraft that crashed in September 2011, killing the entire professional Russian ice hockey team Lokomotiv including a Swedish player, had been given permission to fly based on “falsified documents”, according to Russian investigators. The pilot and co-pilot “had not undergone the necessary training to fly this type of aircraft”, said a spokesman for the investigators.
Thirty-six players and officials and eight crew members were killed in the crash. One crew member survived. The deputy head of the airline Yak-Service, Vadim Timofeyev, is being held responsible and may face seven years in prison.
[pictured: YAK-Servis Yak-42, pictured in 2005]


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