Airline Banned from UK Airspace Has Fatal Crash

 - February 1, 2007, 4:55 AM

The airline that operated the Yakovlev Yak-40 regional jet that crashed on approach to Tashkent Airport on January 13 was banned from using UK airspace just a week before the accident. Uzbekistan Airways is on a list of foreign carriers Britain has banned from its airspace due to concerns over the safety or safety-monitoring of airlines by their host countries. The crash killed all 37 passengers and crew on board. The 28-year-old Russian-built trijet was landing in foggy conditions after a 300-mile flight from Termez on Uzbekistan’s southern border with Afghanistan and the former Soviet republic’s capital, Tashkent. According to the Russian ITAR-Tass news agency, eyewitnesses saw the Yak-40 hit approach lights and flip before crashing.