Originally Posted by Rugger_can
The plane used was a modernized TU-154M a variant produced in Poland and used by the Special Transport Aviation Regiment.
Now is not the time to criticize.
I raise the point because this is not new and you start to wonder how many tragedies must occur before they invest sufficiently to at least achieve an "average" safety rating.
I have travelled there and have friends throughout the country. I could cite ample statistics about the saftey record of the domestic airlines in Russia and the Tupolev, modernized or otherwise but that is another discussion for another time. My neighbors (Polish) raise the same concerns.
No disrespect implied or intended. Frustration perhaps.