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May 10, 2012 / oneworld82

Sukhoi Superjet crash exposes flaws in Russian-made jetliner

Call it a tragedy where 48 people lost their lives in Indonesia. But call it also a technological and a political blunder for Russia and Sukhoi. The crash of a Sukhoi Superjet 100 during a demonstration flight in Indonesia casts serious shadows over the reliability of what is supposed to be Russia’s re-entrance in the commercial aviation business. So far, the aircraft has had a hard time to convince western investors of the reliability of the airplane (so far, he only major airline ordering the airplane has been, not surprisingly, Aeroflot); this accident will do little to help Sukhoi’s cause.

As a matter of fact, Indonesian sales of the airplane have been suspended. Sukhoi is running an investigation to find out whether the crash has been caused by a human error or by adverse weather conditions. A technical fault hasn’t even been considered. Nevertheless, it seems now hard to imagine how the company could convince potential buyers without offering substantial subsidies.

President Putin won’t certainly be happy with this new flounder. The Russian aircraft industry has been a mockery for its unreliability ever since the times of the USSR. After the fall of the Soviet Empire, Antonov and Tupolev have been dissolved and a new conglomerate – Sukhoi – created. The aim of the new company is to start anew and to create an image of reliability for Russian-made aircrafts. Whether this will happen, however, remains to be seen.

Troubles loom over Russian skies…

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