Media: One in five Sukhoi Superjet-100s were grounded due to a defect

Every fifth Sukhoi Superjet-100 (SSJ100) passenger plane has been temporarily taken out of service due to a defect in one of the parts of the tail. Vedomosti newspaper reported this on Wednesday, January 19. Defects were detected in 19 out of 87 planes belonging to different airlines.

The publication estimated that 14 of the defective aircraft belong to Russian airlines. Mexican company Interjet found defects in 11 out of 22 of their SSJ100 aircraft, Reuters reported. After repairs, six of those were re-commissioned on January 9.

Aeroflot, which is the largest holder of an SSJ100 fleet with 30 planes, did not comment on the reports about the defects. The commercial exploitation of the Sukhoi Superjet-100 began in April 2011.

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