Russia sees no purpose to floor its domestically-produced Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane regardless of one of many aircrafts bursting into flames throughout a crash-landing and killing 41 individuals, the nation’s transport minister mentioned on Monday.
The crash-landing on Sunday is the newest severe setback for the aircraft, the primary new passenger jet developed in Russia for the reason that fall of the Soviet Union and an airliner held up by Moscow as proof it may well produce its personal prime quality civil passenger plane.
Investigators have began making an attempt to piece collectively why the Aeroflot jet, which had been flying from Moscow to the northern Russian metropolis of Murmansk, was compelled to make an emergency touchdown and why that touchdown went so badly incorrect.
Varied variations are being seemed into, together with technical failure, human error, and dangerous climate circumstances.
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Requested by reporters at a information convention if the Sukhoi aircrafts ought to now be grounded pending the 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.
Ditrikh mentioned the our bodies of 41 individuals killed within the accident had been recovered. Thirty-three passengers and 4 crew members had survived, he mentioned. Six of the survivors have been in a severe situation and receiving therapy.
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The aircraft, in-built Russia’s Far East in August 2017, had been serviced as 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 trendy fleets on worldwide routes the place it depends totally on Boeing and Airbus plane.
Nevertheless Aeroflot additionally owns no less than 50 Superjets which it operates on each home and worldwide routes.
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 a press release on Sunday it additionally operated 5 Superjets “underneath the very best security requirements.” It pledged to observe the Russian investigation into the catastrophe carefully.
A Sukhoi Superjet crashed in Indonesia in 2012, killing all 45 individuals on board in an accident blamed on human error.
After Sunday’s accident in Moscow, a web based petition was launched demanding that the Russian authorities ban the Superjet. It had been signed by nearly four,000 individuals by 1 p.m. (1000 GMT) on Monday.