Graph of air accidents in Russia 1923-2019 (via the blogger genby).
- Thin red line – deaths per year; Thick red line – deaths averaged over 5 years.
- Thin blue line – accidents per year; Thick blue line – accidents averaged over 5 yeas.
Mishaps regardless, flying continues to become much safer in Russia, just like in the world at large: http://www.unz.com/akarlin/flying-has-become-far-safer/
Furthermore, note that the number of passengers carried has almost quintupled since c.2000, and has exceeded the Soviet era peak reached in 1990 since 2017: http://www.unz.com/akarlin/russian-aircraft/
As regards the Superjet, the accident last week rules out any prospects of the SuperJet achieving any kind of commercial success. Bad luck or not, losing 2 airframes out of ~150 deliveries during seven years of commercial operation is catastrophic. For comparison, the infamous Boeing 737 MAX also has a failure rate of ~1% of airframes – although that’s over just three years of flying.
That said, some of the propaganda that has been coming out about it is quite ridiculous and even downright wrong:
Some anon claims Superjet only capable of flying within Russia.
I flew one to Romania just last year. Stewards were young & knew English (though not Chinese).
— 🐉ak (@akarlin88) May 8, 2019
It is clearly aimed at shaming Russia into further developing its domestic aviation sector.