An-148 flights may be suspended – Russian transport minister

Russia’s transport ministry may take a decision to suspend An-148 flights upon agreement with the Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) and transport watchdog (Rostransdandzor), Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said on Sunday, accordin to TASS.

“Such decision may be taken by the companies executive upon agreement with Rosaviatsiya and Rostransnadzor,” he told journalists when asked about possible suspension of flights of such aircraft following Sunday’s An-148 passenger plane crash near Moscow.

The An-148 passenger plane of the Saratov Airlines [flight 730 from Moscow to Orsk] took off from the Domodedovo airport at 14:21 Moscow time. According to preliminary data, there were 65 passengers and six crew members aboard the plane. Radio contact with the plane was lost several minutes after the takeoff and the plane went out of the radars. As reported by TASS, as a result of the plane crash there are no survivors.

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