11 Sep '11, 9am

Russian president Medvedev orders airline shutdown after crash

Russian president Medvedev orders airline shutdown after crash

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (above) on Sunday ordered his government to shut down unreliable airlines after 43 people were killed in a chartered plane crash that wiped out a top hockey team. -- PHOTO: REUTERS MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday ordered his government to shut down unreliable airlines after 43 people were killed in a chartered plane crash that wiped out a top hockey team. The decision came as the nation mourned the latest in a string of deadly air accidents that earlier saw Mr Medvedev request the removal from operations of Russia's older Soviet-era jets. A Kremlin spokesman said mr Medvedev instructed his government to draft measures by Nov 15 that would let the authorities 'discontinue the operations of air carriers incapable of ensuring flight safety'. A separate set of proposals to be submitted for parliamentary approval in D...

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