Russia grounds SSJ-100 planes due to design problems

Moscow, Feb 13 (IANS) Russia has temporarily suspended flights of its newest commercial aircraft SSJ-100 citing designing problems, the plane's producer Sukhoi said.

Sukhoi suspended the use of some of its SSJ-100 planes after Russian aviation safety watchdog Rosaviatsia ordered flagship airline Aeroflot to ground four jets of the same type and suspended their certificates, Xinhua reported.

Currently, Aeroflot has 10 SSJ-100 planes in its fleet and plans to order 179 more.

Regular flights of all four grounded planes could be resumed by the end of this month, Sukhoi said.

Sukhoi is liable to compensate Aeroflot for the losses.

According to Sukhoi, the "design deficiencies" occurred in the aircraft' leak warning system, landing gear and the wing slats.

SSJ-100 has seating capacities of 75 or 95. It is the first commercial plane designed in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union.

The plane has experienced accidents and problems after its first commercial flight in 2011.

In May 2012, one such plane crashed in Indonesia during a demonstration flight, killing all 45 people onboard.

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