Volga-Dnepr Grounds Entire AN-124 Fleet

As many of you know, a Volga-Dnepr AN-124 crashed earlier this month at Novosibirsk. The aircraft took off fine, then lost communication, and was seen approaching with one engine flamed out, later noted as having exploded from the ground view of the engine after the crash. Debris from a broken turbine were found to have damaged cabling, leading to the engine explosion. The aircraft wouldn’t break well, and overran the runway.

The result of the accident lead to the new CCO (Chief Commercial Officer) of Volga-Dnepr, Konstantin Vekshin, to announce the grounding of their Antonov 124 fleet. He said the following in a letter to Russian Aviation.

“We want to be proactive and preemptive and demonstrate that we are a responsible airline where safety comes first. We have not received any official notifications or service directives yet, and there are no preliminary conclusions, so we have to suspend the entire AN-124 fleet with immediate effect. We don’t care how much revenue we will miss. It’s not even relevant right now. Safety is more important than any potential benefits from the peak season.”

He also questions the airworthiness of all AN-124s, not just their own airline’s. He has pressured the Russian aviation safety committees to expedite the investigation of the crash.

Volga-Dnepr has 12 AN-124s, the crashed one makes it 11. The IL-76 is the only other aircraft in their fleet, which they only have 5 of, one of them being stored. This will severely impact their operations, losing 70% of their fleet, but as their CCO has said, safety is their priority. I hope to see the AN-124 back up soon, if the result of the investigation allows that.


Sources (in MLA format):

Curran, Andrew. “Volga-Dnepr Grounds Antonov 124 Fleet Following Crash.” Simple Flying , Simple Flying, 25 Nov. 2020, simpleflying.com/volga-dnepr-antonov-124-fleet-grounded/.

"Volga-Dnepr Fleet Details and History.” Planespotters.net , 13 Nov. 2020, www.planespotters.net/airline/Volga-Dnepr.

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Now THAT’S breaking news

Next what, the sole An-225?

That’d be a nightmare

I appreciate the fact they took responsibility and stopped service without worrying about revenue. That’s what makes these companies successful!

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I hope we see the AN-225 step up to the plate for the cargo now.

Volga-Dnepr doesn’t have one

My brain does not function

My statement still stands though. However it’s unlikely because of the foreign relations between Russia and Ukraine

Don’t they have 13 B747-8Fs?

Yes but they operate for Air Bridge Cargo

They have 5 other IL-76s according to planespotters.net, and that is the rest of their fleet.

Honestly, I respect the decision. They must be really unsure of the plane’s safety, and to be honest, I don’t blame them.

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Antonove airlines a Ukrainian company owns the 225

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yeah ik, but who knows what could happen next

I don’t think the An225 can crash its constant maintenance and it being a only copy

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