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Russia Retracts Suspension Of Boeing 737 Passenger Jets

A decision by a Moscow-based aviation committe to suspend the flight certificates of U.S.-built 737 passenger jets has been retracted after Russia regulators disagreed with the move.

Aleksandr Neradko, the head of Russia’s aviation regulator Rosaviatsiya, said on November 6 that there is no reason to suspend the flying certificates for Boeing 737s in Russia.

On November 5, the Moscow-based Interstate Aviation Committee called for the suspension of the flying certificates for all Boeing 737s currently in use in Russia.

That committee oversees civil aviation certification and use of airspace in countries of the former Soviet Union, and is involved in investigating accidents, but does not have the power to halt the use of planes.

About 200 Boeing 737 are currently being flown by Russian airlines.

The November 5 decision by the Moscow-based committee did not disrupt air travel.

Russia's concern about the U.S.-built passenger jets dates back to a 2013 crash of a Boeing 737 operated by Tatarstan Airlines that killed all 50 people on board.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and Interfax

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