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09:37 AM, January 20, 2017
Russian MoD Seeks Substitute For Passenger Aircraft

The Russian Defense Ministry is seeking to replace obsolete passenger aircraft with new Russian aircraft models after a deadly crash of the Tu-154 plane last month.

The Kommersant newspaper reported Friday that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has ordered to analyse possibilities to substitute Tu-154, Tu-134 and Il-62M passenger aircraft with new passenger aircraft models.

Currently, there are 21 Tu-154, 36 Tu-134 and nine Il-62 aircraft in service by the Defense Ministry.

On December 25, the Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 plane heading from Moscow to Syria crashed shortly after refuelling and take-off from the Russian southern city of Adler, near Sochi, killing all 92 passengers on-board.

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