Pvjin From Finland, joined Mar 2012, 1002 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 27672 times:
Quoting awacsooner (Reply 9): Am I the only one having flashbacks to all the Soviet-era jet accidents?
Probably as factually Russian aviation had its most unsafe period in the 90's after Soviet Union broke and much of Aeroflot was divided into small privately owned airlines.
Aeroflot's safety record in the times of Soviet Union wasn't that bad at all if we consider the extreme conditions of Siberia where many planes flew & the huge size of Aeroflot at that time. (according to some source they had around 1300 airliners and several thousands of smaller planes in the late 80's).
TripleDelta From Croatia, joined Jul 2004, 1096 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 26345 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW PHOTO SCREENER
Press release by Sukhoi, via email:
"Aviation Incident with Sukhoi Superjet 100 during Test Flights on Expanding Operational Conditions
Today, July 21, 2013, at 05.25 local time at Keflavik International Airport (Reykjavik, Iceland) an aviation incident with Sukhoi Superjet 100 tail number 97005 took place.
At the final stage of test flights to evaluate Sukhoi Superjet 100 performance of automatic landing system to execute CAT III A with strong crosswind conditions as part of additional certification trials on expanding operational conditions as well as imitation of landing with one engine failure the aircraft has touched the runway with retracted landing gear.
There were five people on board: three crew members, two certification center experts. No victims as a result of the incident occurred. One of the experts damaged his leg during evacuation procedures.
At the time of the incident all aircraft systems were functioning normally. Based on SCAC preliminary estimation the aircraft will be restored and returned back to test flights program."
AirlineCritic From Finland, joined Mar 2009, 679 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (9 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 21674 times:
Quoting TripleDelta (Reply 15): the aircraft has touched the runway with retracted landing gear.
Interesting choice of words. And yeah, I guess this can be called touching:
But does the wording indicate that everything worked nominally, including gear, but the aircraft was accidentally brought into contact, when it should have been flying? Or that the crew forgot to lower the gear?
Based on the press release this would be a likely cause if all systems were working perfectly. Single-engine ILS with major crosswinds, task saturation, easy to forget something.
If there was a mechanical problem with the gear not extending prior to landing then they should have discontinued the approach and resolved the problem or declared an emergency and then landed in an appropriate emergency configuration.
We should wait to see if there are any indications/ATC transmissions that there was an emergency or mechanical problem on board.
Quoting LAXintl (Reply 18): So two demonstration aircraft have been involved in accidents now.
Not a very good public relations, or confidence builder in the program.
True, but neither reflects poorly on the airplane....