Sun, Sep 11, 2011
Demand Follows Accident In Which The Lokomotiv Hockey Team Was
Following an accident in which the 43 people, including nearly
the entire Lokomotiv ice hockey team, were fatally injured, Russian
President Dmitry Medvedev has called for "radical changes" for
Russia's civil aviation system.
There were two survivors among those aboard the Yak-42, which
went down Wednesday. One player and the flight engineer were
Media sources including Bloomberg News report that
there is a segment of the government calling for the
decommissioning of the Soviet-era Yak 42 aircraft, and President
Medvedev (pictured) has called for a reduction in the number
of airlines operating in the country as well as an increase in the
purchase of "foreign" aircraft ... read Boeing and Airbus ... to
make flying safer in Russia.
Photo Courtesy www.kremlin.ru
The Yak-42 which went down had been developed by the Yakovlev
Design Bureau when Russia still anchored the Soviet Union, and had
been flying for more than 30 years, according to
Bloomberg. The New York Times reports that eight
of the airplanes have gone down since they entered service in 1975,
accounting for nearly 600 fatalities.
The replacement of Russian-built planes with American and
European jets is already underway, but progressing somewhat slowly.
Boeing has 117 aircraft on order from Russian airlines, according
to its website, most of the single-aisle 737s, but only 14 have
been delivered. Aeroflot has 87 single-aisle Airbus airplanes in
service, and there are negotiations in the works for an A380 for
the main Russian carrier.
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