Russian airlines are struggling to maintain their planes due to economic sanctions from the West, which have led to a shortage of suitable parts and equipment. As a result, the number of flight safety incidents in Russia more than doubled last year, according to the Center for the Evaluation of Jet Aircraft Crash Data (JACDEC). The center suspects that there may be even more unreported cases.
Andrei Menshenin, a Russian aviation analyst, noted that the sanctions are affecting essential aspects of the country’s commercial aviation. Almost all types of aircraft used in Russian commercial aviation were affected, he said. To keep their planes operational, Russia had to resort to dubious means. In 2022 alone, over $14 million worth of US aircraft parts were brought into the country via the black market. However, these methods have their own risks. Recent incidents include two Boeing 777s of Russian airline Red Wings experiencing technical problems that left hundreds of tourists stranded in Turkey. Another incident involved a Ural Airlines Airbus A320 that had to make an emergency landing in Siberia when its hydraulic systems failed.
Business Insider was unable to reach a representative of Russia’s Federal Aviation Administration for comment outside regular business hours.