IAC had to suspend Boeing 737 certificates over Rosaviatsiya's stance

IAC said it had to suspend the type certificate of both Boeing 737 modifications in Russia.

IAC said it had to suspend the type certificate of both Boeing 737 modifications in Russia.

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IAC suspended the certificate in response to conclusions following an air crash in Kazan

The Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) has announced that it had to suspend the type certificate of both Boeing 737 modifications in Russia in response to conclusions presented by the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) following an air crash in Kazan, the capital of Russia's Republic of Tatarstan.

"We are strongly concerned by the fact that Rosaviatsiya, claiming serious flaws of Boeing 737-type airplanes that immediately effect flight safety, has not informed air carriers and supervisory services of Russia about this for a long time. If this opinion of Rosaviatsiya is competent, the fact that more than 20 million passengers using Boeing 737-family airplanes have long been exposed to considerable risks causes our concern," IAC said in a statement.

"Having conducted correspondence with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the commission investigating the unsafe operations of Boeing 737-type airplanes for more than a year, Rosaviatsiya did not realize its right, envisaged by Russia's Air Code, to impose restrictions on the operations of these airplanes," it said.

"At the same time, according to a statement made by the president of the Russian association of aircraft operators: "Boeing 737 airliners are in the Irish and Bermudian registers, and the Russian state does not carry any responsibility for them in terms of maintaining their air worthiness," the IAC said in its statement.

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