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Tatarstan Airlines Director Fired Over Deadly Crash

Wreckage is seen at the site of a Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737 crash at Kazan airport last month, which killed 50 people.
The chief of Tatarstan Airlines has been fired following a deadly plane crash in the Russian republic.

Tatarstan's Ministry of Transportation announced on December 4 that the board of directors of Tatarstan Airlines had dismissed Director-General Aksan Giniyatullin.

The announcement comes one day after the head of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency's department in Tatarstan, Shavkat Umarov, resigned, saying that he feels responsible for last month's crash in which 50 people were killed.

A Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737 crashed during landing at Kazan airport on November 17, killing 44 passengers and six crew members.

Preliminary analysis of flight data has suggested that pilot error may have caused the Boeing 737 to make a vertical plunge into the ground after a first attempt at a landing was called off.

Based on reporting by, Regnum, and Interfax