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‘Slightly damaged’: Russian firm puts crashed SSJ100 on sale online

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A damaged airplane has been listed on a classified ads website by RAD, a Russian auction firm, in the hopes of selling the no-longer-airworthy plane.

Yakutia Airlines owned the plane, a Sukhoi SSJ100 with the registration RA-89011. It was delivered in 2012, according to Planespotters.net, despite the marketing stating that it was “built-in 2008.”

During a landing at Yakutsk Airport (YKS) in October 2018, the aircraft experienced a runway excursion, which resulted in the landing gear collapsing. An examination later revealed that the problem was caused by inaccurate ATC data.

Several passengers were sent to the hospital with minor injuries. According to the Russian aviation news website Aviation21.ru, the plane had a vertical acceleration of 4.39 G when it collided with a concrete structure near the end of the runway.

An inspection discovered extensive damage to the aircraft’s fuselage and landing gear, as well as a gasoline leak, according to Aviation Safety Network. The plane was determined to be beyond repair and had to be scrapped.

It’s unclear how the plane ended up in the RAD auction house’s possession. The advertising was published on the Avito.ru website on November 15, 2021. According to the RAD profile, the company also sells over 130 different brands of automobiles and trucks, with a rating of 1.7 out of 5 stars.

According to the SSJ 100’s advertisement, the aircraft is in an emergency situation and cannot be restored to flight. Several low-resolution photographs show the extent of the damage, which includes bent landing gear struts and torn skin parts.

The price is 77,248,334 Russian rubles, which is a little more than $1 million. The location is indicated as Yakutsk, but no shipping information is provided.


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