Kiev court reaffirms Ukrainian servicemen's innocence in air crash
KIEV, May 28 - RAPSI. The Kiev Economic Court of Appeals dismissed on Monday the Russian S7 Airlines' appeal against the trial court judgment that Ukrainian servicemen were not guilty in a Tu-154 air crash in 2001.
A Tu-154 flying from Tel-Aviv to Novosibirsk crashed in October 2001 off the coast of the Black Sea. All 78 passengers and crew were killed.
An intergovernmental aviation commission later ruled that the aircraft was mistakenly hit by a missile during Ukrainian air defense exercises.
Ukraine paid $200,000 in moral damages to the relatives of each victim before the investigation ended.
However, the Kiev Economic Court held in September 2011 against the airline's lawsuit to recover compensation for the crash from the Defense Ministry and the Treasury.
In 2004, S7 filed claims for $15.32 million.