In September 2023, a Ural Airlines Airbus A320 passenger plane made an emergency landing in an open Siberian field. The accompanying image was provided by AFP via Getty Images.
The Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) reported that flight safety incidents in Russia increased last year. The number of incidents went from 37 in 2022 to 81 in 2023, with JACDEC founder and CEO Jan-Arwed Richter suspecting there are even more unreported cases. The economic sanctions imposed by the West led to a lack of proper parts and equipment for airlines to maintain their aircraft, making it difficult for Russian airlines to keep their planes operational.
According to Russian aviation analyst Andrei Menshenin, the sanctions have affected essential aspects of the country’s commercial aviation. Almost all types of aircraft used in Russian commercial aviation have been affected, leading Russia to resort to questionable means to keep the planes running. In 2022, over $14 million of US-made aircraft parts were brought into the country via the black market. However, these methods come with risks. Recent incidents include two Boeing 777s operated by Red Wings experiencing technical issues that left hundreds of tourists stranded in Turkey and a Ural Airlines Airbus A320 needing an emergency landing in Siberia when its hydraulic systems failed.
Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency representatives were unable to provide comment outside regular business hours when Business Insider attempted to contact them for further information on the matter.