The Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) reported that flight safety incidents in Russia have more than doubled last year. This increase was from 37 incidents in 2022 to 81 incidents in 2023, with the center suspecting that there may be even more unreported cases. According to JACDEC founder and CEO Jan-Arwed Richter, the economic sanctions from the West have made it difficult for Russian airlines to maintain their aircraft properly due to a lack of proper parts and equipment.
Russian aviation analyst Andrei Menshenin noted that the sanctions have had a significant impact on essential aspects of the country’s commercial aviation. Almost all types of aircraft used in Russian commercial aviation have been affected, forcing Russia to resort to questionable means. In order to keep their planes operational, Russia imported over $14 million of US-made aircraft parts via the black market in 2022. 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. Another incident involved a Ural Airlines Airbus A320 needing an emergency landing in Siberia when its hydraulic systems failed.
Despite multiple requests for comment from Business Insider, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency representatives were unable to provide any comment outside of regular business hours.