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Tatarstan Airlines shuts down today

Tatarstan Airlines (Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia) today (December 31) is shutting down and will cease all operations. All passengers on the Kazan-Baku route will be transported by Ak Bars Aero (Bugulma, Russia) in the future.

The shut down was due largely to the terrible “dive into the ground” crash of Tatarstan Airlines flight 363 on November 17, 2013 which killed all 44 passengers and six crew members on board. Russia’s air transport regulator Rosaviatsiya recommended the airline’s AOC be revoked after it discovered inadequate training and overworked crews. The revocation was affective today. 

Other noteworthy airline departures in 2013:

Air Cargo Germany (April 18)

Air France by Airlinair (March 31) (all three became Hop!)

Air France by Brit Air

Air France by Regional

Air Italy (2nd) (merged into Meridiana in April 2013)

Air Pacific (2nd) (June 27) became Fiji Airways again.

AirAsia (Japan) (August 31) (relaunched as Vanilla Air)

Airberlin Turkey

American Eagle Airlines-Executive Airlines (2nd) (March 31)

Arkefly (now operating as Arke)

Armavia (March 29)

Augsburg Airways (October 26)

Aurela Aircompany (February 18)

Avient Aviation (April 5)

Bahrain Air (February 12)

Batavia Air (January 31)

Belle Air (Albania) (November 25)

Belle Air Europe (Italy) (November 26)

Brindabella Airlines (December 14)

Brit Air (March 31)

Capital Cargo International Airlines (March 11)

Condor Berlin (April 30)

DAE (Dutch Antilles Express) (August 24)

Danube Wings (November 20)

Delta Connection-Pinnacle Airlines (July 31)

Dniproavia (January 8)

Donbassaero Airlines (January 14)

Evergreen International Airlines (December 31)

Flybe-Suckling Airways (April)

FlyNonstop (October 29)

Georgia Skies (Pacific Wings Airlines) (March 31)

Gestair Cargo (Une) (became Cygnus Air again)

Jat Airways (October 26) (reformed as Air Serbia)

Lufthansa Regional-Augsburg Airways (October 26)

Meridiana fly (became Meridiana)

Mongolian Airlines Group (April 18) (became Hannu Air)

Nasair (November 13) (became Flynas)

OLT Express (Germany) (January 27)

Orbest Orizonia Airlines (Spain) (February 20)

Regional (Compagnie Aerienne Europeenne) (March 31)

Ryan International Airlines (January 11)

SAT Airlines (merged in October with Vladivostok Air to form Aurora Airlines)

SEAIR-South East Asian Airlines (June 7) (became Tigerair Philippines)

Sky Airlines (Turkey) (June 4)

Skywest Airlines (Australia) (May 5) (became Virgin Australia Regional Airlines)

TACA (El Salvador) (May 28) (now operating under the Avianca brand)

Tampa Cargo (June) (became Avianca Cargo)

Tiger Airways (Australia) and Tiger Airways (Singapore) (July) (now operating as Tigerair)

Vladivostok Air (October) (merged with SAT Airlines to form Aurora Airlines)

Zest Air (Zest Airways) (August 16)

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly with United Airlines, Boeing 737-322 VQ-BAP (msn 24665) taxies past the camera at Antalya.

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Rosaviatsia recommends Tatarstan Airlines be grounded

Tatarstan Airlines (Tatarstan Aircompany) (Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia) is still operating. However Rosaviatsia, the Russian federal air transportation agency that monitors airline safety activities, has recommended the airline be grounded due to alleged breaches in training and crew rest times according to The Moscow News. The Boeing 737-500 that crashed at Kazan on November 17 was attempting a go around when it crashed directly into ground killing all 50 passengers and crew members on board. The crew may have not been properly trained and apparently lost control of the aircraft.

The airline issued this statement (translated from Russian):

In response to an emerging wave of disinformation, Tatarstan Airlines officially informs everyone all flights are operating as normal.

The Federal Agency is only recommending the AOC be revoked. In the case of a formal decision to suspend the activities of the airline, all passengers will be notified in advance.

Meanwhile the airline’s board of directors fired the current CEO Aksan Giniyatullin due to the November 17 crash according to The Moscow Times.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Tatarstan has been adding newer Airbus A319s. A319-112 VQ-BMM (msn 3171) is pictured at Palma de Mallorca.

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Tatarstan Aircompany Boeing 737-500 dives into the ground in Tatarstan, Russia, 50 dead (new video)

Tatarstan Aircompany (Tatarstan Airlines) (Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia) flight U9 363 with Boeing 737-53A  VQ-BBN (msn 24785) crashed on landing at Kazan today (November 17) in Russia. The aircraft with 44 passengers and six crew members burst into flames, tragically killing all on board. The flight had arrived on a flight from Moscow (Domodedovo). The crash occurred on landing at 19:25 ( GMT).

Read the full story from ABC News: CLICK HERE

Update: A dramatic new security camera video shows the Boeing 737-500 diving straight into the ground which would explain the lack of survivors in this “landing” accident.

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Follow-up article from Reuters: The pilot pushed the steering column into a nose dive, crash investigators reported, citing flight data analysis. The Interstate Aviation Committee offered no explanation why the pilot, at an altitude  of  2,100 feet, after aborting his first attempt to land, would make this extreme maneuver. Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Paul Doyle/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-53A VQ-BBN arrives at Dublin before the tragic crash.

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Tatarstan Airlines (Tatarstan Aircompany) Airbus A319-111 VP-BDZ (msn 2446) (RusLine colors) DXB (Paul Denton). Image: 912185.

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Tatarstan adds two Airbus A319s

Tatarstan Aircompany (Tatarstan Airlines) (Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia) has leased two Airbus A319s (VQ-BMM and VQ-BNF) from AerCap. This is a new type for the carrier.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. Airbus A319-112 VQ-BMM (msn 3171) makes its first visit to Palma de Mallorca. The airliner prepares to depart back to Kazan. The new type was added to the fleet in July.

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