"It's getting scary, isn't it?" For some time now, aviation safety has been a topic of conversation in Russia, including among those who experienced the heroic air travel of the USSR. But in a country that spans nine time zones, the choice between a few hours of stress and several days on the train is often a quick one. So, welcome aboard...
Last September, we came close to disaster when a Ural Airlines A320 made an emergency landing in a field near Novosibirsk. Miraculously, there were no casualties. The investigation report referred to a failure of the hydraulic system associated with "natural wear and tear". Other experts, however, said the incident was due to "insufficient maintenance or the presence of low-quality, possibly non-original, spare parts". Recently, the newspaper Kommersant, citing the federal transport agency Rostransnadzor, reported that last year at least 2000 flights were carried out...
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