In September 2023, a Ural Airlines Airbus A320 passenger plane had to make an emergency landing in an open Siberian field. The accompanying image was provided by AFP via Getty Images.
Russian aviation analyst Andrei Menshenin noted that the economic sanctions from the West have had a significant impact on Russian commercial aviation. He mentioned that almost all types of aircraft used in Russian commercial aviation have been affected. In order to keep the planes operational, Russia has resorted to questionable means, including bringing in US-made aircraft parts via the black market in 2022. However, these methods come with their own risks, as evidenced by recent incidents such as two Boeing 777s operated by the Russian airline 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.
According to the Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC), flight safety incidents in Russia more than doubled last year. The number of incidents increased from 37 in 2022 to 81 in 2023. JACDEC founder and CEO Jan-Arwed Richter suspects that there are even more unreported cases due to the lack of proper parts and equipment for airlines to maintain their aircraft as a result of economic sanctions from the West.