Russia says it won’t ground Sukhoi plane despite fatal crash-landing

MOSCOW: Russia sees no purpose to floor its domestically produced Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane regardless of one of many planes bursting into flames throughout a crash-landing and killing 41 folks, the nation’s transport minister mentioned on Monday.

The crash-landing on Sunday is the most recent critical setback for the aircraft, the primary new passenger jet developed in Russia because the fall of the Soviet Union, and threatens to undermine confidence in an airliner Moscow touts as proof it may possibly produce its personal prime quality civil passenger plane.

In a blow to the Russian aviation business, regional provider Yamal Airways, the nation’s second largest operator of the Superjet after Aeroflot, mentioned on Monday it was cancelling its deliberate buy of 10 of the planes, the TASS information company reported. It cited excessive servicing prices, not security considerations.

Investigators have began attempting to piece collectively why the Aeroflot jet, which had been flying from Moscow to the northern Russian metropolis of Murmansk on Sunday, was pressured to make an emergency touchdown and why that touchdown went so badly unsuitable.

Numerous variations are being regarded into, together with technical failure, human error, and unhealthy climate situations.

Requested by reporters at a information convention if the Sukhoi planes ought to now be grounded pending the end result of the investigation, Yevgeny Ditrikh, Russia’s transport minister, mentioned:

“There aren’t any grounds for that.”

Tv footage from Sunday confirmed the aircraft catching fireplace on the runway at Moscow’s Sheremtyevo airport because it made a bumpy emergency touchdown.

The aircraft had been carrying 73 passengers and 5 crew members. For a graphic on the trajectory of the doomed flight, click on: tmsnrt.rs/2WtF7zh

Ditrikh mentioned the our bodies of 41 folks killed within the accident had been recovered. Thirty-three passengers and 4 crew members had survived, he mentioned. Six of the survivors had been in a critical situation and receiving remedy. One U.S. citizen was killed within the incident, the U.S. authorities mentioned.

The aircraft, inbuilt Russia’s Far East in August 2017, had been serviced as just lately as April this 12 months.

Aeroflot has lengthy shaken off its troubled post-Soviet security file and now has one of many world’s most fashionable fleets on worldwide routes the place it depends totally on Boeing and Airbus plane.

Nevertheless Aeroflot additionally owns at the least 50 Superjets which it operates on each home and worldwide routes and has pledged to purchase 100 extra.

The Superjet, which first entered service in 2011, has been hit by sporadic considerations over security and reliability, together with a December 2016 grounding after a defect was found in an plane’s tail part.

Interjet Airways, a Mexican low-cost airline, mentioned in an announcement on Sunday it additionally operated 5 Superjets “beneath the very best security requirements.” It pledged to comply with the Russian investigation into the catastrophe carefully.

A Sukhoi Superjet crashed in Indonesia in 2012, killing all 45 folks on board in an accident blamed on human error.

After Sunday’s accident in Moscow, an internet petition was launched demanding that the Russian authorities ban the Superjet. It had been signed by greater than 50,000 folks by 6.30 p.m. (1530 GMT) on Monday.

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