Pilot's drunkenness blamed in Russian crash

The disorientation of a drunk pilot caused a deadly plane crash in central Russia in 2008, Russian prosecutors said Monday.

The disorientation of a drunk pilot caused a deadly plane crash in central Russia in 2008, Russian prosecutors said Monday.

The Boeing 737-500 operated by an Aeroflot subsidiary crashed in September 2008 while preparing to land in the city of Perm, about 1,200 kilometres east of Moscow.  All 88 people on board were killed.

On Monday, the New York Times reported that Russian prosecutors had released a statement saying pilot Rodion Medvedev's consumption of alcohol put him in a "mentally unstable condition" that led to the crash.

The statement came after a 2009 report released by Russia's airline investigator, which said the pilot had an unspecified amount of alcohol in his body when the plane crashed but didn't explicitly blame the crash on pilot drunkenness.

Passengers killed on Flight 821 included citizens of the United States, France, Turkey, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Latvia.

Aeroflot officials were not immediately available for comment.

with files from The Associated Press