Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 has received a further blow following just four weeks after the crash of Aeroflot flight AU1492. Rosaviatsiya, the Russian aviation authority had ordered inspections of all 147 jets believed to be in operational service. They have stated that the inspections, which focus on the overall condition of the aircraft, its emergency systems, communications suite and records related to any maintenance undertaken be checked for safety by 25 June.
The SSJ100 has come under significant scrutiny following the crash, the exact cause of which has yet to be determined. Rosaviatsiya has said that the inspections must be completed “within the shortest time possible”, according to Flight Global.
The inspections will have a significant impact on Aeroflot’s schedule which has 50 in service and 100 on order. The other major operators are Mexican Interjet with 22, and Yamal Airlines with 15, Gazpromavia with ten and IrAero has nine.
Interjet, a LLC has said it wants to sell its fleet of Superjets and switch to Airbus A320s instead.