The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsiya, reported that the Air Operator Certificates of Air Samara and KAPO Avia have been revoked due to safety issues.
The decision to revoke the AOC’s was made due to unacceptable gross violations of standard operating procedures that have led to serious accidents.
On November 25 a Beechcraft Super King Air 350 of Air Samara made a gear up landing at Samara because the crew forgot to lower the undercarriage during the approach and dismissed all warnings as being false.
On January 3 an Antonov 26B of the Kazan Aircraft Production Association (KAPO Avia) overshot the runway at Magadan, Russia when the crew aborted the takeoff at a very late stage. It appeared the elevator was locked. Since the crew failed to accomplish the control checks prior to departure, this was not noticed.
An unscheduled inspection of both airlines by Rosaviatsiya revealed shortcomings in the implementation of Safety Management Systems.