Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Russian General Convicted for Crashing Fighter

A former Russian Air Force general was given a four-year suspended sentence and fined 5 million rubles ($160,000) by a court martial on Wednesday for causing the crash of a Sukhoi Su-27UB fighter jet last year in Russia’s Karelia region. Judge Vladislav Pisaryov found Maj. Gen. Kanamat Botashev guilty of breaking flight rules by flying aerobatics in the jet without proper training and authorization.  Botashev was given a suspended sentence of four years in prison and a further sentenced to four years probation together with legal costs of 25,000 rubles ($800). Botashev took control of the aircraft during a training flight on June 28, 2012, and tried to perform a "bell" or tail-slide aerobatic maneuver. He mishandled the jet, causing the aircraft to spin out of control and to crash in a forest. Both he and the other pilot ejected safely. No one on the ground was hurt.

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