Russia suspends airline after crash kills 47

Russia suspended the license of an airline following a plane crash that killed 47 people last month.

Updated: Jul 14, 2011, 22:52 PM IST

Moscow: Russia Thursday suspended the licence of a Moscow-based airline following a plane crash that killed 47 people last month.

Aviation authorities suspended the licence of Rusair, after a RusAir Tupolev Tu-134 plane - with 43 passengers and nine crew on board - crashed and burst into flames on a motorway near Petrozavodsk in Karelia region June 21.

"Due to violations revealed during an investigation, the operator`s licence has been suspended," federal aviation authority Rosaviatsia spokesman Sergei Izvolsky said.

Investigators believe pilot error was to blame for the crash.

RusAir is a privately-owned airline that also runs charter flights to Europe.

The Tupolev Tu-134, along with its larger sibling the Tupolev Tu-154, has been the backbone of the Russian and Soviet air industry since the 1960s.

IANS