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Russian airline refuses to ground jets after crash
Aeroflot, Russia's main airline, said on Thursday it will continue flying its fleet of Superjet 100 planes, despite one of them crashing during an exhibition flight in Indonesia on Wednesday, killing at least 45 people.
AFP - Russia's flag carrier Aeroflot said it would not ground its fleet of six Superjet 100 planes despite the crash of one of the jets during an exhibition flight in Indonesia with all aboard feared killed.
"Aeroflot does not intend to stop operating the SSJ (Sukhoi Superjet 100) aircraft," the company said in a statement released on its Twitter account.
"All the SSJ undergo daily technical inspections and the flights are being performed according to schedule," the statement said.
Aeroflot is one of only two companies alongside Armenia's national carrier Armavia to fly Russia's first post-Soviet jet airliner.
It has placed an order for 30 aircraft as part of ongoing efforts to replace its last remaining Soviet-era jets.
The short- and medium-haul twin-engine aircraft entered service last year and was performing an exhibition tour of Asia when it went down while circling a volcano on Indonesia on Wednesday.
Rescuers at the scene said on Thursday they had found bodies but no survivors. The craft was believed to be carrying up to 50 people.
Russian investigators opened a criminal investigation into possible misconduct during preparations for the exhibition flight.