Russian regulator still checking Yak-42 fleet

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Russia's federal transport supervisor has carried out tests on 28 Yakovlev Yak-42 aircraft in the country's fleet following the fatal Yaroslavl Yak Service crash.

Operations with seven of the type were stopped while safety shortfalls were corrected, although Rostransnadzor said these did not relate to the technical condition of the aircraft.

Three aircraft have been barred from flying for technical reasons, including two Yak-42s (RA-42412 and RA-42368) operating for Yak Service, and a Saratov Airlines aircraft (RA-42343).

Thirty-six inspections have been conducted, eight Yak-42s having been inspected twice to ensure previous findings had been addressed.