Friday 23 March 2018

Russia looks abroad for safer aeroplanes

Ilya Arkhipov in Moscow

President Dmitry Medvedev said Russia may turn to foreign aircraft producers to ensure safe air travel after a passenger plane carrying a hockey team crashed, killing all but two of the 45 people on board.

"The value of human life overrides other considerations, including support for the domestic producer," Mr Medvedev said at the crash site in the Yaroslavl region, about 300km northeast of Moscow.

"Of course it's necessary to think of our own, but if they're not up to the job, we need to buy equipment overseas."

"The number of deadly accidents rules out coincidence and points to fundamental problems with ageing infrastructure and rule of law," Lilit Gevorgyan, a London-based analyst at HIS Global Insight, added.

Irish Independent

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