(FILES) A file picture taken on July 11, 2013, shows an Aeroflot aircraft arriving at the terminal of the Jose Marti airport in Havana. AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUE
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A union of Russian pilots at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport on Tuesday accused the country's flagship carrier Aeroflot of endangering passengers' lives by overworking staff in search for profit.State-controlled Aeroflot is believed to have the best record in the country.The planecrashinfo.com site said Aeroflot has had only one deadly accident in more than a decade -- a 2008 crash that killed 88 and was later blamed on a drunken pilot -- and the carrier has recently taken huge steps to improve its often mocked image.The dispute stretches back several years and has resulted in a July Moscow City Court ruling for Aeroflot to pay out debts owed to pilots over 17 months.Aeroflot reported a 15 percent year-on-year jump in passenger numbers and an 84 percent increase in profit to $545 million (400 million euros) for the first nine months of 2013 .
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