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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sistema's Jet Allowed to Leave Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- A corporate jet that had been bought by Vladimir Yevtushenkov's Sistema Group and subsequently grounded because of a financial dispute with the U.S. seller was allowed to depart from Milwaukee, a Milwaukee airport spokeswoman said.

The MD-87 had been purchased by Siviera, a subsidiary of Sistema. But the plane was diverted to Milwaukee by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on March 24 during a flight that was to take it from Fort Worth, Texas, to Russia.

The seller, Delaware-based N871DP LLC, said Siviera still owed $2.2 million on renovations to the $16 million aircraft.

Sean Bellew, a lawyer for N871DP LLC, said last week that Siviera had agreed to turn over the remainder of the purchase price.

Sistema said in a statement last week that the dispute was over extra fuel tanks it had paid for but were never installed, but Bellew declined to comment on the claim.

The plane left Tuesday for Texas, Patricia Rowe, a spokeswoman for Mitchell International Airport, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The FAA recently issued a special flight permit to allow the plane to fly to Fort Worth, where it must undergo a check at a maintenance station, FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said.