Russia to ban planes without safety systems
Moscow: Planes that do not meet the world`s aviation safety requirements will be banned from flights from 2012, Russia has said.
In 2009, the federal air transport agency, Rosaviatsia, issued an order saying all passenger planes should be equipped with the Traffic Collision Avoidance System as well as the automatic Terrain Awareness and Warning System by 2012.
"Many companies responded to these demands less than enthusiastically. Due to different reasons, we have postponed the implementation of these demands, but we agreed that since January 01, 2012, these requirements will come into force," said Alexander Neradko, head of Rosaviatsia.
He, however, dismissed suggestions that these requirements were linked with the recent air crash in the northern city of Petrozavodsk.
A RusAir Tu-134 crashed while landing at Petrozavodsk airport in northwest Russia, just before midnight June 20, killing 44 people.
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