Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia And Post Soviet Republics = One Of The Worst Air-traffic Safety Records

Posted by Info on 08/09/2011

According to the International Air Transport Association in 2010 Russia and the former Soviet republics combined for one of the worst air-traffic safety records in the world, with a total accident rate almost three times the world average.

A private Russian jet carrying one of the country’s top hockey teams ( including 3 of the best Czech players) crashed yesterday after a failed takeoff attempt, killing 43 people including the team’s Canadian coach. There were only two survivors.
The accident was Russia’s eighth fatal plane crash this year, bringing the 2011 death toll to 120.

The aircraft Yakovlev 42 (YAK 42) was banned in July 2009 from flying into the European Union due to “major safety deficiencies affecting flight operations”.

Restrictions were lifted a few months later, but the plane was to be regularly “ramp-checked to ensure compliance with international standards.” Despite lifting the regulations on the Yak-42, the EU still banned two other YAK Service planes from entering their airspace because they were not satisfied the operator was complying with safety standards.


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