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The Russian Federal Agency for Air Transport (Rosaviatsiya) may ban Russian airlines from flying the Boeing 737, local media said on Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A request to revoke the Boeing 737 (both Next Generation and Classic) flying certificate was sent by Artyom Kiryanov, a Russian Civic Chamber committee chairman, to Rosaviatsiya Head Alexander Neradko, as well as Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) Chair Tatiana Anodina, the Izvestia newspaper reported.

Concerns over Boeing's safety were once again sparked following a crash of Flydubai Boeing 737-800 at Russia’s Rostov-on-Don airport on March 19.

The request called on both regulator heads to coordinate with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in ensuring safety standards for the aircraft, as well as asking the Boeing Company to clarify the plane's technical details, especially regarding its rudders, according to the publication.

The IAC requested the Boeing 737 to be suspended from flying in November, following its investigation into Boeing's rudder system initiated after a 737 operated by Russia's Tatarstan Airlines crashed in 2013.

The Boeing 737 is the world's most mass-produced passenger aircraft. Over 100 737s are operated by Russian airlines, according to Rosaviatsiya.

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  • support
    Perhaps this is a case of "Rutland Reindeer 2.0 ?" If so, the suspension is well-merited.
  • dan sheppard
    With the Tartasan airlines accident there still something non convincing about the information of the PCU data released and the incident itself. Obviously Boeing did not previously release the full data to the appropriate Russian authorities if they are asking for it now years later.
  • Ann
    Oh, that's gonna hurt Boeing's bottom line...LOL
  • v.sharafi198200
    Boeing dose not match with weather Russia and 737 does not quality . Russia has good aircraft like ssj 100. MC 21 irkut. Tu 204 SM. Il 96. Russia basically need domestic production aircraft. Tu 204SM for 30 years dose not accident ..Airlines Russia better use of Aircraft Russian. Boeing is not good for Russia.
  • michael
    that'll set the cat amongst the pigeons...
  • Vasily Pashkov
    a group of lawyers somewhere is about to have a pretty intense collective headache
  • terryjohnodgers
    As of January 2016 there were 13,200 variants built of the Boeing 737 short run passenger jet aircraft. At any one time there will be over 2000 of these aircraft in the air at any one time. Yes, there have been some crashes, some unexplained, but many through pilot or service errors and hijackings.

    The Boeing 737 is the DC3 of this era and its safety record is a good one so I do not understand why Russian authorities would target a good aircraft instead of pilot error or pilot training that does not prepare pilots of this aircraft for severe turbulence which will affect any aircraft at any time.
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  • Pentagonisabeast
    That's fine.Boeing won't care and it's better for the Russian plane manufacturers to fill the void in the future
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