Russia grounds six airlines, warns 30 others

YAK-Servis, owner of crashed Yak-42 aircraft, among those shut down

The licenses of three airlines were annulled by Russia’s aviation watchdog the Federal Air Transport Agency on Monday, and those of three others were suspended. Among those annulled was that of YAK-Servis, the airline that operated the Yak-42 aircraft that crashed soon after departing an airport near the city of Yaroslavl on September 7. As reported, the accident killed an entire professional ice hockey team, including a Swedish player. The agency’s decision came after what it called a comprehensive check in the wake of the crash. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had announced even before the crash that the country’s Soviet-built aircraft would be taken out of service starting next year.
The other carriers with licenses revoked are Ilin Airline and the Ulyanovsk Higher Civil Aviation School. Those with their licenses suspended are Avis-Amur, Jetalliance East and the Beriev Aircraft Company. A further 30 airlines that do not comply with financial and safety requirements may have their licenses revoked later.
RIA Novosti
[pictured: YAK-Servis Yak-42, pictured in 2005]

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