Russia's airliners to be allowed to fly without airworthiness certificates

The Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) announced on Sunday that it would suspend the airworthiness certificates of Russian-operated planes on the Bermuda Aircraft Registry from March 13th onwards, the BBC reports.

An airworthiness certificate is a permit for both commercial and cargo airplanes. The permit is issued by the civil aviation authority of the country in which an aircraft is registered. Under most circumstances, an aircraft cannot fly without an airworthiness certificate.

However, according to Kommersant newspaper, Russian airlines are expecting the Federal Air Transport Agency to allow them to fly without valid airworthiness certificates, before re-registration with the Russian air transport authority.

According to Interfax, 745 of Russia's 1,367 aircraft are registered in Bermuda.

BCAA said that international sanctions on the aviation sector have had a significant impact on the aviation authority's ability to carry out safety checks on Russian-operated aircraft on the Bermuda Aircraft Registry.

BCAA's decision comes after several nations and businesses imposed sanctions on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.

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