A National Disappointment: What Went Wrong With the Sukhoi Superjet 100
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 has long stopped being just another aircraft, and has become a sociopolitical symbol of hope and disappointment
May 13, 2019 - by Anastasia Dagaeva for themoscowtimes.con
The Superjet's problems began almost as soon as the plane started being developed in the early 2000s.
There was much excitement about the creation of what was supposed to be the perfect regional plane.
The political climate in Russia was very different in the early 2000s: the country was opening up to the world, and the world reciprocated.
High oil prices filled up state coffers, and the country's new leader, Vladimir Putin, was keen to show off Russia's participation in the international arena.
After all, it was not the first tragedy involving the plane: during a show flight of the Superjet in Indonesia on May 9, 2012, the plane slammed into a mountain, killing 45 people...