Tue, Aug 23, 2005
Problem Aboard President Putin's Plane Leads To Industry-Wide
Aeroflot calls it a
critical situation -- the grounding of Ilyushin IL-96-300s after a
technical glitch forced Russian President Vladimir Putin to switch
to a backup aircraft.
"It's a critical situation for us," Aeroflot Deputy General
Director Lev Koshlyakov said in televised remarks. He was quoted by
"In August 2005 there were a number of incidents involving
Il-96-300 that affected flight safety," the Transport Ministry said
in a statement, also quoted by Reuters. The problem appears to
center on the plane's brakes. "Similar incidents had happened
The problem is critical for Aeroflot, because it owns seven of
the 13 IL-96-300s now in service. Aeroflot said it had to cancel
several flights to the US, Canada, Vietnam, China and South Korea.
The airline says it's now switching to Boeing and Airbus aircraft
and will put the IL-96-300s back into service when able.
It's also a big problem for Ilyushin. The decision to ground the
IL-96-300s comes just days before the big MAKS air show in Moscow
and Ilyushin was reportedly ready to cinch a number of deals for
the aircraft at the event.
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