Red Wings Airlines (Moscow-Vnukovo) had its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) suspended by the Russian authorities today (February 4) due to an audit of the airline by the Russian authorities. The airline came under stronger scrutiny after the recent December 29 crash in Moscow as previously reported. The airline issued this statement (translated from Russian):
On February 4, 2013 the Federal Air Transport Agency of Russia (Rosaviatsia) suspended the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) of our airline. The decision was made based on the inspection of the airline from 10 to January 10-16, 2013. According to the Federal Air Transport Agency, published on their official website, they have been found “numerous significant violations in the organization of flight operations, aircraft maintenance, pilot training and other shortcomings in the airline with systemic problems.” The December 29, 2012 crash is not the cause of the suspension of our airline. The Commission concluded that Red Wings continues to meet certification requirements. On December 28, 2012 Rostransnadzor completed an audit of our company. The audit identified 18 comments, 2 of them removed during the test. At the moment, the audit removed another 10 comments, of which 6 are being addressed. None of the comments did not prevent the further work of the company. It should also be noted that the airline has not yet received an official certificate from the Federal Air Transport Agency of the unscheduled inspection on the basis of which the decision was taken to suspend the AOC. Once the document is received, the company intends to respond promptly to all complaints of the aviation authority to resume flight operations.
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