Russian air transport operators call for examining Sukhoi superjets

Russia’s non-government Air Transport Operators Association has called on the Transport Ministry to examine Sukhoi Superjet 100 planes for ‘compliance with the certification requirements’, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reports.

The organization filed a letter to Russian Transport minister Yevgeny Ditrich. In particular, they asked to check the planes’ static electricity hazard protection, passenger cabin equipment as well as the personnel training program developed by the SSJ 100 manufacturer.

The association is deeply concerned over the recent plane crash at Sheremetyevo.

“The incident did significant damage to the reputation of the Russian civil aviation and the aviation industry,” the letter reads. The Transport Ministry reports they have not received it yet.

However, the United Aircraft Corporation, a manufacturers of SSJ 100 planes, claims that the association’s proposal is an attempt to exert pressure on the commission that is investigating into the accident.

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