A domestically produced Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft burst into flames during a crash landing in Moscow on Sunday killing 41 people. The incident sets a serious setback to the airplane maker, the first new passenger jet developed in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Russia has said that it would not undermine the confidence of the airliner, as it produces high quality civil passenger planes. The crash itself is a blow to the aviation industry, after the regions second largest airline company Yamal Airline cancelled purchase of 10 planes. The firm sited high costs and no safety.
Investigators are looking at various aspects that could have caused the fatal crash landing, technical failure, human error, and bad weather conditions. The Russian transport minister Yevgeny Ditrikh denied reporters claims of grounding all the Sukhoi planes till the outcome of the investigations.
Aeroflot owns at least 50 Superjets which it operates on both domestic and international routes and has pledged to buy 100 more. The SuperJet was first developed in 2011. In 2016, a defect was discovered in an aircraft’s tail section.
A Sukhoi Superjet crashed in Indonesia in 2012, killing all 45 people on board in an accident blamed on human error. After the recent incident citizens want the jet to be banned until it comes clean on all safety concerns.
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