Ukraine Air Alliance grounded after fatal An-12 crash

Ukrainian authorities have revoked the operating certificate of Ukraine Air Alliance (UAA), following a fatal landing accident involving an Antonov An-12 in Lviv, reports Flight Global.

The state aviation administration says the order to “terminate” the certificate was effective from 5 October.

It has not given a specific reason for the decision but it comes just after the 4 October accident which killed five of the eight occupants of the An-12.

The aircraft came down short of the runway at Lviv as it prepared to make a refuelling stop en route from Vigo to Istanbul.

Unconfirmed reports suggest the aircraft had run out of fuel.

Ukraine Air Alliance no longer appears on the state administration’s register of operators, which was revised on 7 October.

European Union Aviation Safety Agency third-country operator approval for the carrier has also been withdrawn, according to the agency’s newly-updated register of authorised carriers.

Ukrainian regulators have embarked on a technical assistance programme, in co-operation with ICAO, intended to improve certification and flight operations oversight within the country.

According to UAA’s website, it operates a fleet of seven An-12s.

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