Russia's AN-124 cargo plane grounded "indefinitely"


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Give 'em their due, the Soviets built a seriously tough aircraft with AN-124.

 

Shredded a fan disk, with high-velocity fragments going completely through the aircraft 😵

 

https://theloadstar.com/exclusive-safety-first-as-volga-dnepr-grounds-its-an-124-fleet-indefinitely/

 

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EXCLUSIVE: 'Safety first' as Volga-Dnepr grounds its AN-124 fleet indefinitely

 

25/11/2020

 

Volga-Dnepr Group has “put safety first” and made what it called the “responsible” decision to ground all its AN-124s, following a recent incident at Novosibirsk, when one made an emergency landing after an engine failure.

 

The carrier today filed a letter with the Russian aviation authorities to notify them of the decision to ground its eight operational aircraft immediately.

 

“This is a well-thought through decision. We want to be preactive and pre-emptive and demonstrate that we are a responsible airline where safety comes first,” said Konstantin Vekshin, chief commercial officer.

 

“We have not received any official notifications or service directives yet, and there are no preliminary conclusions, so we have to suspend the entire AN-124 fleet with immediate effect.

 

“We strictly adhere to our safety policy, external regulations and public interest.”

Volga-Dnepr is talking to Russian aviation authorities, as well as launching an internal and independent investigation into the recent incident.

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