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Sixth Russian Airline Aircraft Faces Mid-Flight Breakdown In A Week

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Sixth Russian Airline Aircraft Faces Mid-Flight Breakdown In A Week
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Carriers began to fly, relying on the “Russian luck”.

A passenger plane flying from Kazan to Moscow made an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow. This is the sixth Russian airline plane in a week that has encountered a breakdown in the air.

The Moscow Times reports this.

The plane's stabilization system control failed. There were 182 passengers and six crew members on board.

On Saturday, December 2, an Aeroflot Airbus A321 flying from St. Petersburg to Moscow requested an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport. The decision to make an emergency landing was made due to the failure of the left engine.

Breakdowns of Russian civil aircraft have become more frequent after sanctions imposed due to the invasion of Ukraine cut off Russia from servicing the aircraft and supplying original spare parts.

To maintain aircraft in working condition, the Federal Air Transport Agency distributed aircraft developer certificates to airlines. This allowed carriers to carry out their own ship repairs, after which they began to dismantle some aircraft for components to service other parts of their fleet.

Project journalists stated that since the spring of 2022, airlines have been requiring staff not to include equipment defects in flight logs, as a result of which planes often fly faulty.

According to a former Nordwind airline pilot, many carriers began to fly relying on “Russian luck.”

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