Thursday, November 23, 2017

Police fired over disappearance of plane

Police officials whose subordinates were aboard an Antonov An-2 plane that went missing in the Sverdlovsk region this week have been fired.

Regional police spokesman Valery Gorelykh said that the order dismissing Serov police department chief colonel Sergei Tsilinsky becomes effective after he returns from vacation. Acting deputy Boris Lenyuchev was also fired while regional road police chief Yuri Demin was severely reprimanded, Itar-Tass reports.

Regional police chief Mikhail Borodin made the decision following an examination of the preliminary result of the plane's disappearance.

"After the end of the check, a number of Sverdlovsk police were disciplined," Gorelykh said, according to Itar-Tass. "Mikhail Borodin has repeatedly warned them that educating their staff is a permanent, not one-time-only effort, so that they can behave adequately in different situations."

So far, the plane has not been found and no reports have been made that it met with an accident.

A probe into the disappearance has been demanded by Sverdlovsk region governor Yevgeny Kuivashev, who also ordered a check of small-range aviation fields for compliance with flight safety rules.