The recent crash of the passenger jetliner in Rostov-on-Don raised questions about the quality of foreign aircraft. It now appears that domestic aircraft, as well as air transportation standards, have always aroused more confidence with Russian aviators than foreign airplanes. New versions of the causes of the recent plane crash in Rostov can only add weight to such opinions.
According to one of these versions, the Boeing-737 crashed due to a malfunction of the elevator. Hero of Russia, pilot Anatoly Knyshov, does not agree with this point of view.
"Failure of the elevator of the Boeing-737 is not quite true. Probably, it goes about the blanketing of the stabilizer against the backdrop of the failure of the anti-icing system of the aircraft and the icing of wing mechanisms.
"At low speeds during landing, the functions of the aircraft may operate at extreme regimes. As a result, the plane may lose lift on the stabilizer and pilots may experience elevator inefficiency. The plane swept down while landing at the airport of Rostov-on-Don, and this may confirm this version.
"Severe icing of aircraft often occurs in clouds at temperatures close to zero - these temperatures were observed at the time when the plane was landing at the airport of Rostov-on-Don.
"I understand that it was a low-cost airline Boeing that crashed in Rostov, and we all know that low-cost airlines save money on everything. They had to pay for airspace, for landing, for the accommodation of passengers.
"We should fly our own domestic airplanes," Hero of Russia told Pravda.Ru. Yet, this issue has become particularly relevant when Russia decommissioned most reliable aircraft, such as IL-96 and IL-86, and preferred Superjet airplanes to a new line of Tu-134 jetliners, even though Superjet is 85 percent made of foreign parts.
Russia's transition to domestic aircraft will give an incentive to the industry on the whole. "We need jobs, we need to develop our factories. Yet, we support foreign aviation industry. If we take Aeroflot, 169 of its 186 airplanes were made in foreign countries. Last year, Russian airlines transported 93 million passengers, but those passengers flew foreign aircraft in 95 percent of cases.
"When a Russian passenger buys an airplane ticket, they support the aviation industry of the West. As for security, you can see it on the example of the crashed Boeing-737," Anatoly Knyshov told Pravda.Ru.
Russia needs to revive the department for the aviation industry that should deal with the production of airplanes that would not consist of foreign spare parts, the expert believes. Unfortunately, neither the prime minister, nor the people in the top administration of the country have experienced experts or specialists who could consult them on the state of affairs in the Russian civil aviation. This is sad," Hero of Russia Anatoly Knyshov concluded.
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