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A Saratov Airlines An-148 jet (Photo: Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia (Saratov Airlines, RA-61701, Antonov An-148-100B) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)

Saratov Airlines Ordered to Cease Operations in Wake of Fatal Crash

Russian regional carrier Saratov Airlines, the airline involved in February’s fatal accident outside Moscow which resulted in the deaths of 71 people, has been ordered to cease operations by the Russian Transport Ministry due to continued discrepancies in its flight operations. The accident occurred on Feb. 11 when Saratov Airlines flight 703, an Antonov An-148, crashed shortly after departure from Moscow Domodedovo Airport. Investigations into the crash indicate a combination of human and instrumentation errors as being the likely cause.…