Your Doxy, My Doxy

Lunghu is truly saddened to learn that Igor Shevchuk, President and General Designer of aircraft manufacturer Tupolev, has died of heart failure at age 57 on January 6, 2011.  According to Itar-Tass, Shevchuk “was the Chairman of the Tupolev Board of Directors since 1998, and the Tupolev President and General Designer since 2001.

This has not been a good start to the New Year for Tupolev:  earlier this week, Rostransnadzor proposed  a temporary suspension of all Tupolev 154B flights in Russia following a fatal engine fire in Surgut (Siberia).   Three passengers were killed when fire erupted during engine startup on the main airport taxiway.  The crew shut down engines and initiated evacuation, but fire spread rapidly inside the cabin, destroying the aircraft.

Tupolev also made the wrong kind of aviation news in September 2010.   In that incident, a Tu-154M passenger flight lost all of its electrical systems at an altitude of 10,600 meters in the region of Usinsk.   The crew succeeded in making an emergency landing at an abandoned air strip near the town of Izhma.   There was no loss of life.

As chairman, president and general designer, Shevchuk must have had more on his mind than his body could bear.   Rest In Peace.

On a lighter note:

Elsewhere in the down-to-earth world of Russian aviation, everyone’s favorite multi-modal logistics specialist (that’s right –Viktor Bout) didn’t quite receive the Orthodox Christmas gift he had been hoping for.   Although Bout’s attorney had filed a court motion requesting a delay of 30 days before the first pretrial hearing in SDNY Federal Court (originally scheduled for Monday), the presiding judge granted only a two week postponement, until 16:30 EST January 21.   In Lunghu’s admittedly limited experience, 4:30 on a Friday afternoon would seem to be an extremely unusual time to find a federal judge at his or her bench, but there’s a first time for everything.

In related(?) news:

Bout’s family —his wife, Alla, daughter Liza and [mother], Raisa—  flew into New York from Moscow on Thursday to support him during the court process.
“We had to wait for more than two hours while immigration officers examined our luggage, everything we had in our bags:  notebooks, photographs, all personal belongings, my personal papers,” [Alla Bout] said.     She said immigration officers did not allow them to contact the Russian consul.

Hmmmmmmmmm.   Lunghu likes the script.   Welcome to America, Liza.

This has not been a good start to the New Year for Tupolev: earlier this week, Rostransnadzor proposed  a temporary suspension of all Tupolev 154B flights in Russia following a fatal engine fire in Surgut (Siberia).  Three passengers were killed when fire erupted during engine startup on the main airport taxiway. The crew shut down engines and initiated evacuation, but fire spread rapidly inside the cabin, destroying the aircraft.
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2 Responses to “Your Doxy, My Doxy”

  1. Dmytro Mitin Says:

    There is a mistake in this obituary. The photo shows not Igor Shevchuk who was Tupolev’s CEO (http://www.tupolev.ru/russian/Show.asp?SectionID=256) but Igor Shevchuk who is the head of Department of Mathematical Analysis in Kiev University (http://mechmat.univ.kiev.ua/ua/ppages/shevchuk.php).

  2. lunghu Says:

    This is one of the many things that’s wonderful about the worldwideweb: for more than eleven months no one noticed or cared that the photograph illustrating this post was incorrect. Then, after a 22-year-old Russian scamster (coincidentally) named Igor Shevchuk was indicted for medical insurance fraud in New York, scores of Russians (and Ukranians) suddenly use various internet search engines to find a frivolous blog that almost no one reads. What a world we live in!

    Best of health to Professor Shevchuk: judging by the photograph, he should probably be trying to lower his blood pressure and get more exercise.

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