Repaired Superjet to rejoin Sukhoi test fleet

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Sukhoi’s civil aircraft division is planning to return a prototype Superjet 100 to flight services shortly, after it was repaired following a landing accident in Iceland.

The aircraft, serial number 95005, had been conducting crosswind tests at Reykjavik’s Keflavik airport when it lost height during an attempted missed approach on 21 July last year.

It sustained damage to its rear fuselage and PowerJet SaM146 engines after contacting the runway with its landing-gear retracted and coming to rest.

Icelandic investigators have yet to reach conclusions about the accident. The crew members on board were not seriously injured.

After undergoing five months of repairs to its underside and powerplants the twinjet – captained by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft’s chief pilot – departed Keflavik on 29 December, on a 4h 10min flight to Moscow’s Zhukovsky airport.

Sukhoi says it will “soon” put the aircraft back into operations. The jet was one of four test-flight Superjets used in the type’s certification campaign.