B737 maintenance trouble: Yakutia loses international flights
The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) is prohibiting Yakutia Airlines to operate international routes starting November 5, 2018. The announcement, made on October 29, comes little over two weeks after one of the airline’s aircraft was damaged beyond repair after exceeding runway.
Yakutia Airline operations are restricted due to found “violations”, including “incorrect information about the implementation of the airworthiness directives on the Boeing 737-800 aircraft and its further operation without maintenance; failure to eliminate in time the malfunctions identified on the aircraft, etc.,” the agency’s statement read.
The Russian authority also points out that the airline’s “problems” related to maintaining aircraft airworthiness have resulted in “long and numerous” flight delays – statistics of which have reportedly reached 20% in September 2018.
Yakutia operates five Boeing 737-800 aircraft that make up approximately a third of its fleet. The carrier also has six Antonov An-24RVs, three Bombardier Q300s (DHC-8-311) and four Sukhoi Superjets (RRJ-95LR-100).
On October 9, 2018, one of the airline’s SSJ100 (registered RA-89011) was damaged beyond repair after it exceeded runway and collapsed. While the incident is still being investigated by authorities, the initial reports pointed to braking mistake or ice on the runway as possible causes.