Rough landing: Plane veers off runway in Russia, passengers evacuated (VIDEO)
A passenger plane veered off the runway with 171 people on board, just after it landed in the western Russian city of Kaliningrad. One of the plane’s landing gear legs was damaged and the passengers had to be evacuated from the plane via inflatable slides.
A video of the plane with the front of the body lying on the ground emerged online.
The Aeroflot A321 jet, which was flying from Moscow, had seven crew members and 164 passengers.
It stopped 150 meters away from the runway, Ruptly video agency reports. Emergency slides were used to evacuate the passengers.
Following the incident, three people required medical help.
The local transport prosecution office has launched a probe into the cause of the crash-landing, an official statement on their website stated.
There is no equipment to evacuate the A321 plane, and the airport remains closed, a source in the emergency services told TASS news agency.
Airbus A321 Aeroflot from Moscow landed heavily in Kaliningrad. No casualties, 167 passengers alive. pic.twitter.com/DWKwNIvfHM— Ruthen (@RutheniaRus) January 3, 2017
“In other, better-equipped airports, the plane evacuation process takes from 40 minutes to three hours.”
Maria Shatokhina, who was on board the plane, shared with RT her account of what happened, and how she felt.
“The landing was okay and on time, some passengers even started applauding. Then, the plane started shaking really hard, and it started to veer off to the left. I was near the window, on row 17, near the wing. We stopped, and then the smoke appeared inside the aircraft. Many people – most of them children – were crying. One boy, just behind me, was telling his mother, ‘Mum, it’s fine, calm down, don’t cry!’
Emergency landing of A321 in Khrabrovo (Kaliningrad region)-> pic.twitter.com/WZuwmORKhG— KURYER🤔 (@RSS_40) January 3, 2017
“Everyone stood up, there was no panic and no shouting. The only thing I heard was, ‘evacuation.’ Then, I got out to the inflatable slide. I saw an engine and the cockpit just lying on the ground, I became really scared. It could all have exploded. I’m shaking with fear even now.”