The Russian president has called for a reduction in the number of domestic airlines. It comes after a fatal plane crash that almost entirely wiped out one of the country’s top ice hockey teams, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
Dmitry Medvedev visited the crash site this morning to pay tribute to the 43 people who died. Two survivors are said to be critically ill.
Medvedev said the government should help revive the civil aviation fleet and improve training for flight crews.
The Soviet-era Yak-42 aircraft was taking the team to their first match of the season in Belarus. The plane is said to have burst into flames soon after take off.
Russian officials say they believe the accident was caused either by faulty equipment or pilot error, although weather conditions were excellent.
This is the fourth deadly crash in as many months – all involving Soviet-era aircraft. The government has promised a intensive and wide ranging inquiry