The Czech Republic’s Air Navigation Services have prepared for
investigators all the documents required to analyse a Smartwings flight in
which the pilots flew from Greece to Prague last week with only one
functioning engine, Czech Television reported. The documentation includes a
transcription of communication between dispatchers and the air crew, which
will reveal whether the team admitted to the engine malfunction.
The documents will be handed over to the Civil Aviation Authority and the Air Accidents Investigation Institute. The materials are intended for investigators and will not be made public.
The mayor of Prague 6, Ondřej Kolář, is under police protection after
receiving death threats in connection with a decision to cover up a
controversial statue of Soviet army commander Ivan Konev in the district.
The local authority had the monument, which has repeatedly been vandalised,
surrounded by a tarpaulin mounted on scaffolding on Friday. Activists then
pulled down the tarpaulin, before it was later put back.
Two people were arrested after another attempt to remove the cover on Friday night while another man pulled it down on Saturday.
The Russian Embassy said the statute actually needed to be protected from the Prague 6 council. The local authority has proposed moving it to a park close to the embassy.
The municipal state attorney’s office in Prague is expected to say on
Monday whether criminal charges will be brought against the Czech prime
minister, Andrej Babiš, and members of his family. The police have
recommended that charges be filed over suspicion of abuse of EU subsidies
in connection with Stork’s Nest, a hotel and conference centre near
Prague. The prosecutor had until the end of August to come to a decision on
the matter. The case file is reported to contain 23,000 pages.
Some members of the junior party in government, the Social Democrats, have called for ANO leader Babiš to stand down. However, party chairman Jan Hamáček says the Social Democrats will remain in the coalition even if the PM is charged.
Karolína Plíšková has reached the fourth round of the US Open in New
York. The Czech third seed overcame the Tunisian player Ons Jabeur 6-1 4-6
6-4 on Friday. It is the fourth year in a row that Plíšková has made it
into the second week of the final Grand Slam tournament of the season.
Her compatriot Karolína Muchová was knocked out 3-6 2-6 in the third round by US star Serena Williams, a six-time winner at Flushing Meadows.
Five Czech Gripen fighter jets departed on a NATO mission to protect the
airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Friday. The Baltic states do
not have supersonic jets of their own, and allied members take turns
defending their airspace.
Czech pilots will be deployed at Amari base in Estonia until the end of the year, and undertake the mission in cooperation with alliance members Belgium and Denmark.
The state has earmarked 580 million crowns for the reconstruction of Hotel
Thermal which traditionally serves the Karlovy Vary International Film
Festival, Finance Minister Alena Schillerová told reporters on Friday.
The reconstruction of the state-owned hotel and adjacent swimming pool should be concluded by 2021.
Minister Schillerová said the aim was to preserve the hotel’s original appearance as far as possible.
Firefighters have managed to put out a fire raging on the grounds of the
Losovice chemicals factory since Thursday afternoon, the ctk news agency
reported early on Friday.
Three fire-fighters were injured in the blaze. A team of experts will investigate the cause of the fire as soon as conditions allow. Preliminary damage has been estimated at 40 million crowns.
The main factory hall, with around 300 employees was not damaged.
The Prague 6 authorities have ordered that the statue of Soviet Marshal
Ivan Konev be covered up and hidden behind scaffolding.They say it is the
easiest and cheapest way of protecting it against vandalism.
The controversial statue has repeatedly been vandalized with spray paint in the past, most recently on the anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, sparking controversy between Prague and Moscow.
The local authorities in Prague 6 have been pushing for the statue to be moved to the grounds of the Russian embassy in Prague, and refused to clean it up when it was last sprayed with red paint, saying the act reflected the feelings of the public.
Marshal Konev is perceived as a controversial figure in the Czech Republic. Although he helped liberate the country from Nazi oppression, he was also involved in the suppression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.