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Investigation in the USSR?

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 7:08 am
by Kidbooo
Hello everyone,,
Watching my beloved Air Crash Investigations (aka Mayday), I suddenly wondered, how was accident investigation handled in the former USSR? Was there a minimum of transparency and accountability, comparable with Western practices, or was it all prone to the notorious Soviet obsession with secrecy and political face-saving at any cost? I'm asking in view of the suicide of Valeri Legasov when they tried to force him to falsify his final report on the Chernobyl disaster, because it was judged too damning for the entire Soviet nuclear industry. There is also the Tu-144 crash of 1973 where the black boxes "mysteriously" disappeared and the authorities released the infamously unconvincing but politically acceptable explanation involving the Mirage jet.

Does anyone have some first-hand knowledge on this?

Re: Investigation in the USSR?

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 7:53 am
by WIederling
Kidbooo wrote:
Hello everyone,,
Watching my beloved Air Crash Investigations (aka Mayday), I suddenly wondered, how was accident investigation handled in the former USSR? Was there a minimum of transparency and accountability, comparable with Western practices, or was it all prone to the notorious Soviet obsession with secrecy and political face-saving at any cost? I'm asking in view of the suicide of Valeri Legasov when they tried to force him to falsify his final report on the Chernobyl disaster, because it was judged too damning for the entire Soviet nuclear industry. There is also the Tu-144 crash of 1973 where the black boxes "mysteriously" disappeared and the authorities released the infamously unconvincing but politically acceptable explanation involving the Mirage jet.

Does anyone have some first-hand knowledge on this?


"Watching my beloved Air Crash Investigations (aka Mayday), .."
Read the original reports. Never take those TV productions as anything but "breathless" fiction.

IMU the "Mirage snooper" as cause for the TU-144 crash is a rumor.

Re: Investigation in the USSR?

Posted: Sat May 18, 2019 3:11 am
by Apprentice
Hi: Do not have first-hand knowledge, cause did not work on that, I studied CA from 1978-1984, at that time NLGS-2. (Airworthiness normative) were in force and had to be follow by Manufactures / Airlines. This Norm were issued by a Buró with same functions that western counterpart Safety Burós
Investigation’s conclusions, although not published for the public, was discussed with afectes people and available to read for any related to aviation personnel..

Rgds