Jet crash a setback for Russian aviation: The Seattle Times

Posted: May 12, 2012 in Africa, Asia, Aviation & Airports (General News), Russia
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[The Seattle Times] Russia’s attempt to reassert itself on the global aviation scene after a two-decade absence in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, hit turbulence in the tragic crash of one of its Sukhoi SuperJets in Indonesia, even if it was pilot error.

Superjet 100 prototype on its maiden flight, 19 May 2008.

Superjet 100 prototype on its maiden flight, 19 May 2008. Phot: Wikipedia

MOSCOW ā€” President Vladimir Putin‘s ambition to revive Russia’s aerospace industry will hang on one question dominating the Sukhoi SuperJet crash probe in Indonesia this week: pilot or plane?

Investigators have located the remains of the 90-seat Russian-built aircraft that crashed into a mountainside on Wednesday with 45 people on board. Salvage crews also located the flight recorder, which may offer vital clues to the cause of the crash, after the same jet had performed flawlessly on earlier flights piloted by an expert crew.

“There’s a very good chance this crash wasn’t related to the design of the plane, but battling negative perceptions is very difficult,” said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of Teal Group in Fairfax, Va., an aviation-consulting company.

At stake is Russia’s attempt to reassert itself on the global aviation scene after a two-decade absence after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The SuperJet, which carries about 100 passengers, was designed with Western partners and equipped with cutting-edge systems, as Russia seeks to win a slice of the regional jet market now…..

Read the full story at The Seattle Times……


Friday, May 11, 2012
By Andrea Rothman
Bloomberg News


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