Russian airline cancels Superjet 100 orders over servicing costs day after fatal crash-landing

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Russian regional carrier Yamal Airlines will cancel a planned purchase of 10 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft, a day after one of the commuter jets operated by Aeroflot fatally crash-landed at Moscows Sheremetyevo Airport.

Yamal announced its decision on Monday, after Russias transport minister declined to ground the aircraft in response to the accident.

Yamals decision to drop the plane is said to be unconnected to Sundays accident. General Director Vasily Kryuk told Russian news agency TASS that servicing costs on the narrow-body Superjet 100 are too high.

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