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27 July 2006

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Aeroflot refused return flights and further reservations to passengers breaking rules of conduct on board

July 27, 2006. Moscow. On July 26, 2006 the Aviation Security Service of "Aeroflot" OJSC suppressed a rude rowdiness of a group of passengers, citizens of Ukraine, carried by flight SU825 Moscow - Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski.

On July 26 the Aeroflot plane Il-96, which had departed from Sheremetyevo-1 airport according to schedule, returned to the airport on technical grounds. All 236 passengers were taken out from the plane to change the air liner. The passengers were offered meals and cold drinks while waiting at the airport. Upon expiration of 3 hours all the passengers of this flight were invited for the departure.

Two passengers were dismissed from the flight as they were under the influence of strong alcoholic intoxication and misbehaved. Their friends, six Ukrainian tourists, who were already on board by that time, initiated a row and demanded to let the detained friends come back to the plane. Their last attempt to return them on board was the announcement made by one of the tourists that there was an explosive device, which was placed in his luggage.

Hereupon all the passengers have been taken out from the plane and the officers of the Aviation Security Service of "Aeroflot" OJSC and "MASH" OJSC started the operative inspection of the plane and luggage. The lawbreakers were delivered to the LUVD (Transport Department of Internal Affairs) of Sheremetyevo airport. No explosive device or bomb were found, and the plane departed to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski on July 27 at 02:53 a.m.

According to the Transport Department of Internal Affairs two breakers have already been brought to administrative responsibility. The passenger, who made the announcement about the explosive device, is under further investigation, whereupon he will be brought to criminal responsibility. The Department for Legal Issues of "Aeroflot" OJSC is considering at present the possibility to file a claim for compensation of material damage caused by the misbehavior of these passengers.

Aeroflot has repeatedly claimed about inadmissibility of rowdy behavior on board of the plane, which can put at risk the safety and comfort of the passengers and crew. According to the international practice stipulated in the Convention on Offences and Certain Other Acts Committed on Board Aircraft (Tokyo, September 14, 1963), and Convention on Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of the Civil Aviation (Montreal, September 23, 1971), as well as in the context of struggle against the "disorderly conduct in the air" the airline applies to the breakers the acts of retaliation permitted by the legislation in force. Protection of the civil aviation from acts of unlawful interference is also provided by the bill passed for this purpose.

Department of Public Relations