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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Flight Safety Declining

MOSCOW -- It could become four times more dangerous to fly in Russia than in the West within 10 years if better funding for the country's air traffic control system is not approved, a news report said Thursday.

Air Force Commander Colonel General Anatoly Kornukov said that Russia's unified air traffic control system has been in critical condition since the early 1990s and safety levels will fall drastically if funding isn't increased, Interfax said.

Within 10 years, Russian flight safety levels will be at 17 percent to 20 percent of Western levels, Kornukov said.

He called on the government to modernize air traffic control systems using a model developed by experts from the defense and economics ministries and the Federal Air Transport Service.