Russian An-24 crash could result to An-24 ban

Russia is considering phasing out the Antonov An-24 turboprop fleet in the immediate wake of a July 11 crash of an Angara Airlines An-24 aircraft in which five passengers were killed.

The An-24 aircraft was on a domestic flight from Tomsk to Surgut Airport. The pilot reported an engine fire and was attempting an emergency landing when the aircraft went down into the Ob River 14 km southwest of Strezhevov Airport. The accident occurred at 8:55 Moscow time.

Russian aviation officials say 37 persons were onboard, 33 passengers and four crew.

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has instructed safety authorities to study whether the An-24 should be removed from service. It is the second such examination in Russia this year. Medvedev also pushed for the fleet retirement of Tu-154Bs following the crash of one of the airliners on Jan. 1.


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