Defective parts, end-of-life engines… Sanctions deteriorate the safety of Russian airlines


By Alain Barluet

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On September 12, a Ural Airlines A320 made an emergency landing in a field near Novosibirsk. A failure of the hydraulic system ociated with “natural wear” according to experts. ALEXEY MALGAVKO/REUTERS

Despite help from “friendly” countries in the Middle East and Asia, aircraft maintenance is becoming complicated.

“It’s starting to get scary, isn’t it?” For some time now, in Russia, air safety has been a topic of conversation, including among those who experienced heroic plane journeys during the USSR. But in a country that spans nine time zones, the choice between a few stressful hours and several days on the train is often quickly made. So welcome aboard…

Last September, we came close to disaster when an Ural Airlines A320 made an emergency landing in a field near Novosibirsk. Miraculously, no casualties were reported. The investigation report cited a failure of the hydraulic system ociated with a “natural wear and tear”. For other experts, however, the incident was due to “insufficient maintenance or the presence of poor quality, possibly non-original, spare parts”. Recently, the newspaper Kommersantciting the federal transport agency Rostransnadzor, indicated that last year, at least 2,000 flights were carried out…

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