By Azania Post Reporter
RUSSIA’s airline management has suspended all flights and apologise in advance for changes to the schedule, only two days after a huge accident which claimed lives of 71 passengers.
TASS had reported that Saratov airlines have grounded all antonov 148 planes following Sunday afternoon accident near Moscow.
" The Airlines management has made a decision to suspend all flights to be performed by Antonov-148s. We present our apologies in advance for changes to the flight schedule," the company’s statement said.
It was reported that Saratov Airlines’ aircraft fleet included six Antonov-148-100 planes (without specifying whether the liner lost in the February 11 crash was one of them).
"The Antonov-148 plane (number RA-61704) was acquired in February 2017. In January 2018 the plane underwent a C-check. All components of the engines, the airframe and the wing were examined thoroughly," the press-service said.
The air carrier added that before each flight the plane underwent routine maintenance. The examination carried out before the departure from Moscow for Orsk exposed no flaws, the press-service said.