Russian watchdog checks air safety

Russian transport industry watchdog Rostransnadzor plans to undertake a large-scale evaluation of planes operated by Russian airlines following several crashes, Kommersant reported Friday. A government commission is already checking plane safety of OAO Aeroflot Russian Airlines (AFLT.RS), and will also check fleets at GTK Rossiya, Transaero, Krasair (AVKA.RS), VIM-Avia and KD-Avia, a Rostransnadzor representative said.

The commission has already checked planes of Sibir airline, which operated an A310 Airbus which crashed in city of Irkutsk in July.

The check found “some problems” which the commission didn’t identify. It added any company which is found to have serious problems can have its operating license revoked.