The UAC denied having determined that the Il-114-300 regional turboprop would no longer participate in Army 2021, a military forum scheduled to take place at the end of the month.
According to TASS, a source had said that the aerospace holding company had banned the plane from flying over the Kubinka airfield after the accident with the prototype Il-112V on August 17th.
The two planes developed by Ilyushin are equipped with the same TV7 engine, but with different versions. Both were supposed to participate in the event, starting on August 22nd.
“As of now, no decisions on the Il-114 airplane prototype has been made,” the UAC spokesman said to TASS.
Like the Il-112V, the Il-114-300 also experiences a long delay in its development program. The fact that the military transport plane had a fire in the engine right before the crash that killed the three occupants suggests that the UAC may have decided to investigate whether the same problem could occur with the civilian model.
Both the Il-114-300 and the Il-112V are among the Putin government’s priority programs to renew the Russian aircraft fleet.
The passenger turboprop has 68 seats and can fly 500 km/h at cruising speed. The aircraft has a range of 1,400 km and can operate on unprepared runways. UAC’s goal is that the Il-114-300 can be used on routes located in remote regions of the country.
The Il-112V is a smaller plane that uses a more powerful version of the turboprop engine, the ТV7-117SТ, with 3,500 hp (against 2,900 hp for the Il-114).
The Il-112V can carry up to 5 tons of cargo and has a range of 2,400 km with 3.5 tons of payload.