Aeroflot Superjet 100 Suffers Engine Shut Down Over Moscow

The crew of an Aeroflot Superjet 100 needed to shut down an engine over Moscow during a short…

Aeroflot Superjet 100 Suffers Engine Shut Down Over Moscow

The crew of an Aeroflot Superjet 100 needed to shut down an engine over Moscow during a short domestic flight yesterday. The aircraft landed safely after the incident.

An Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 suffered an engine shut down. Photo: Getty Images

Aeroflot Superjet 100 engine shut down incident

As reported by The Aviation Herald on Thursday, an Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100-95 encountered problems during a flight from Moscow Zhukovsky to Moscow Sheremetyevo. The crew on flight SU-7663 had to shut down the right-hand engine.

The aircraft, registered as RA-89026, landed safely at Sheremetyevo Airport around 40 minutes after departure from Zhukovsky Airport.

Simple Flying reached out to Aeroflot for comments on the incident, but at the time of publication, there were no further details available.

Aeroflot Superjet 100
The Superjet 100 has had a number of safety issues. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Flickr

Superjet 100 safety issues

Yesterday’s incident was not the first time the Superjet 100 has had engine problems. Earlier this month, another Aeroflot SSJ100 on a domestic flight departing from Sheremetyevo Airport en route to Saratov suffered engine failure.

As the aircraft climbed to 8,000 feet, the crew noticed a problem with the left-hand engine. The SaM146 engine was shut down and the crew made an emergency landing back into Sheremetyevo Airport.

On 31st March, an Aeroflot SSJ100 reportedly experienced a hydraulic failure on a flight from Krasnodar in the south of Russia to Sheremetyevo. Shortly before landing, the crew reported some kind of hydraulic failure.

Despite the problem, the aircraft landed without incident. It is unclear whether it was an actual hydraulic failure or the result of a malfunctioning sensor, either of which is bad news for a relatively young aircraft.

Airbus A330 and Sukhoi Superjet S100
An Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet S100-95 suffered some sort of hydraulic failure. Photo: Getty Images

Crashlanding at Sheremetyevo Airport

One of the worst incidents involving a Superjet 100 occurred on 5th May 2019 when Aeroflot flight SU-1492 made a crash landing at Sheremetyevo before bursting into flames. Forty-one of the 78 people aboard the aircraft lost their lives.

Shortly after take-off, the flight from Moscow to Murmansk suffered a lightning strike that knocked out a communications channel and the autopilot. The crew decided to make an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo.

After a hard landing, the plane, carrying a full load of fuel, bounced along the runway before the rear of the aircraft caught fire. The pilot was criticized for not staying in the air to burn off fuel or attempting to dump fuel to reduce the landing weight of the aircraft.

Aeroflot, SJ100 Crash
An Aeroflot SSJ100 crash-landed last year, killing 41 passengers. Photo: Getty Images

The checkered history of the Superjet

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 entered service in 2011 and gained its European Aviation Safety Agency Type Certificate in 2012. Later that year, an SSJ100 on a sales demonstration flight crashed into a mountain in Indonesia, killing 37 aviation executives and eight crew. An investigation concluded that pilot error was to blame.

The New York Times reported in 2016 that Russian aviation authorities had grounded the newest model of the aircraft. Metal fatigue had been found in a component in the tail wings, a problem usually associated with older aircraft. Sukhoi said that the defect could not cause a crash, but it was a cause for concern.

The majority of the SSJ100s are flown by Russian national carrier Aeroflot. The only non-Russian airline operating the aircraft is Mexico’s Interjet.

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TAP Air Portugal Set To Resume Flights To The United States

Beginning June 4th, TAP Air Portugal will once more be taking off across the Atlantic. The first destination…

TAP Air Portugal Set To Resume Flights To The United States

Beginning June 4th, TAP Air Portugal will once more be taking off across the Atlantic. The first destination to make its way back onto the schedule is New York’s Newark Liberty, with two flights per week from Lisbon. Several other routes will commence in July, while the government still ponders capital injections and a potential re-nationalization.

TAP will recommence transatlantic routes from June 4th, beginning with two weekly flights to New York. Photo: TAP Air Portugal

New York first, new routes to follow

Beginning next week, passenger planes with TAP livery will once more be taking off from Europe’s second Westernmost capital towards North America. On June 4th, the carrier will recommence its Lisbon to New York route with two flights per week.

Come July, the airline’s transatlantic services will be expanded with Lisbon to Philadelphia, Miami, and Toronto. Close to the end of the month, on the 30th, it will also be launching three weekly flights to Montreal.

July will also see the launch of TAP’s three new routes from the Azores Islands in the Atlantic. Three flights per week will operate on the Ponta Delgada to Boston route from July 1st, and two per week on the Ponta Delgada to Toronto beginning July 3rd.

TAP Air Portugal planes grounded
Come July, TAP will be back to about 240 flights per week. Photo: Getty Images

Returning to Europe

The Portuguese flag-carrier, which was privatized in 2015, is also planning a more substantial return to European skies. At the time being, the airline operates two flights a week from Lisbon to London and Paris. Come July, it intends to ramp up the frequency on those routes.

It will also add flights to destinations such as Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, and Madrid. All together, flights in July will tally in at about 240 per week. That is in comparison to the 2,500 plus weekly flights TAP operates per week under normal conditions.

The Portuguese Prime Minister has opened up for a potential re-nationalization of TAP.  Photo: TAP Air Portugal

Decision on state-aid by mid-June

TAP, like so many other airlines, in April handed in a request for state-aid to see it through the crisis and ensure its survival. According to Reuters, the Portuguese Government expects to have reached a decision on a potential capital injection by mid-June.

Prime Minister Antonio Costa has even raised the possibility for a re-nationalization. Currently, the state of Portugal owns 50%, Brazilian-American airline entrepreneur David Neeleman 45%, and TAP employees the remaining 5%.

TAP owner has launched four airlines

David Neeleman is the founder of four other commercial airlines. Morris Air, which was sold to Southwest Airlines in 1993, merely a year after commencing operations. Low-cost Canadian carrier WestJet has become the second-largest air carrier in the country.

JetBlue Airways is now the sixth-largest in the US in terms of passengers carried. Neeleman’s native country’s Azul Linhas Aereas has also done well, placing itself as the third-largest domestic and second-largest international airline in Brazil.

Neeleman has even planned to launch another carrier, called Breeze Airways, in the US. The intention was for operations to commence in 2021. Quite possibly, the present pandemic may have put a pin in the fan on that schedule.

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