|Flying High: The Sukhoi Super Jet 100.|
At first, we here at the DUNER BLOG largely ignored last week's terrible airliner crash in Indonesia. To be honest, we incorrectly grouped it with other transportation tragedies of the month. Remember? A passenger ferry capsized in Bangladesh...there was a Dutch train crash...and a packed Guatemalan bus slid off a rain soaked highway. All were very unfortunate occurrences...and all happen way too often...but the staff didn't do much investigation. However, over the weekend, a colleague of the blog pointed out that this was no ordinary crash. We looked into the shocking details of the plane crash and were appalled! Here's what we found out:
The story begins twelve years ago in a posh Moscow penthouse. Representatives from BOEING and Russian airline manufacturer SUKHOI are sipping champagne...celebrating while signing paperwork for a new joint venture. Their plan is build a new, more affordable commuter plane. Demand for short flights in emerging Asian nations is sky-high. The story continues. After a couple years of development, the project received some serious capital investment from the Russian government: Eight billion Rubles! (Around $300 million). All went as planned. The prototypes passed all international tests. It was even fuel efficient. In April of 2011, the SUPERJET 100 made its inaugural flight for Armavia Airlines from Yerevan to Moscow. Orders poured in for the plane. What a success story!
|Guess where on Mt. Salak the plane crashed.|
Not so fast! says SUKHOI spokesperson OLGA KAYUKOVA. Let's not jump to any conclusions! She was quick to point out that the plane that crashed "was not the same aircraft" as those used on earlier demonstrations. She also issued statements reminding us that until the investigations are completed, we simply cannot assume the crash is in anyway related to shoddy reputation Russians have when it comes to manufacturing aircraft. Really...Olga? Let's look at some statistics. According to the AVIATION SAFETY NETWORK, Russia had an accident rate "of 7.15 hull losses per million sectors, which is almost three times the world rate." We here at the DUNER BLOG don't know what a "hull loss" is but...it sounds bad. Our travel advice for anyone traveling in Russia has always been: Take the train!
|Six times as many planes crash in Russia than in the USA.|