Increasing Safety Incidents for Poorly Maintained Russian Aircrafts

Emergency Landings on the Rise in Russian Commercial Aviation Amid Sanctions

In September 2023, a Ural Airlines Airbus A320 passenger plane had to make an emergency landing in an open Siberian field. The image of the incident was provided by AFP via Getty Images. According to the Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC), flight safety incidents in Russia more than doubled last year.

The number of incidents increased from 37 in 2022 to 81 in 2023. JACDEC founder and CEO Jan-Arwed Richter suspects that there are even more unreported cases. The economic sanctions imposed by the West have made it difficult for Russian airlines to maintain their aircraft properly, according to Richter.

Russian aviation analyst Andrei Menshenin notes that the sanctions have affected essential aspects of the country’s commercial aviation. Almost all types of aircraft used in Russian commercial aviation have been impacted. In order to keep planes operational, Russia has had to resort to questionable means, such as importing US-made aircraft parts via the black market in 2022, despite the risks involved. Recent incidents include two Boeing 777s operated by Red Wings experiencing technical issues that left hundreds of tourists stranded in Turkey and a Ural Airlines Airbus A320 needing an emergency landing in Siberia when its hydraulic systems failed.

Business Insider was unable to receive comment from Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency representatives outside regular business hours.

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