Passenger jet skids off runway at Moscow airport
The Boeing-737, with 52 passengers on board, landed at Sheremetyevo Airport this afternoon, Interfax reports, citing a source in the airport’s emergency services. However, the plane missed a taxiway when navigating from the runway. Its front landing gear skidded several meters off the runway.
The incident occurred “due to heavy winds and slippery taxiway,” the airline company said in a statement. The aircraft had to be towed for inspection.
airBaltic confirms that today, on December 6, 2017, due to heavy winds and slippery taxiway its flight BT428 with Boeing 737-500 from Riga to Moscow, slid off the taxiway during taxiing after the landing in Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport. pic.twitter.com/Us5UcTPz4b— airBaltic (@airBaltic) December 6, 2017
The passengers were safely transported to the terminal. The runway has been closed for several hours, leaving only one other operating at the busy transport hub. The third runway at Sheremetyevo is currently under construction. Russia’s largest airline, Aeroflot, said it had to reschedule its flights due to the incident.
It has been snowing in Moscow, and forecasters have warned of icy conditions on the roads, with temperatures dropping.