Russian Airline drops plans to buy ten Sukhoi Superjet after fatal crash

Moscow - Russian regional airline operator Yamal Airlines said on May 6 that it was canceling plans to order for ten Sukhoi Superjet 100 after the fatal crash of an Aeroflot SSJ100 in Moskow while landing at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

The airline made the announcement after the Russian transport minister said there was no reason to ground the Russian made SSJ100s of the Sukhoi.

Yamal's general director Vasily Kryuk told Tass news agency that his company was dropping plans to buy ten more Sukhoi Superjets because operating costs of the aircraft were too high.

Yamal currently has 15 SSJ100 in its fleet, making the Russian regional carrier the second biggest operator of the type after Russian flag carrier Aeroflot which was operating 50 of them before the crash.

Founded in 1997, YAMAL is an airline based in Salekhard, Yamalo-Nenets in the Autonomous Okrug region of Russia.

What we know so far about the fatal Aeroflot Sukhoi SSJ100 crash landing

The aircraft returned to the airport shortly after takeoff due to a technical error in the cockpit caused by a lightning strike and caught fire after a bumpy emergency landing.

"An Aeroflot SSJ100 lands in Moscow covered with flames"

41 people on board, including two babies, were killed. There were 78 people on board.

Russian authorities opened a criminal case and investigate whether the pilot fault caused the accident.

The video footage shows the Sukhoi Superjet 100 bounced severely after it touched the runway and the rear part of the plane burst into flames.

Survivors evacuated the plane via emergency slides in front of the plane.