The Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) reported that flight safety incidents in Russia increased by more than 100% last year. From 37 incidents in 2022 to 81 incidents in 2023, the center suspects there may be even more unreported cases. The economic sanctions imposed by the West have made it difficult for airlines to obtain proper parts and equipment, resulting in a lack of maintenance for aircraft. According to JACDEC founder and CEO Jan-Arwed Richter, Russian airlines are struggling to maintain their planes to proper standards due to the lack of resources.
Russian aviation analyst Andrei Menshenin stated that the sanctions have had a significant impact on the country’s commercial aviation industry. Almost all types of aircraft used in commercial aviation have been affected by the sanctions. To keep planes operational, Russia has resorted to questionable means, such as importing US-made aircraft parts through the black market in 2022. However, these methods come with risks. 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.
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