Four people injured in emergency landing as airplane slides off runway in Russia’s Yakutia
A total of 91 passengers, including seven children, were on board the Yakutia Airlines flight from the Siberian city of Ulan-Ude. These, along with five crew members, were forced to exit the plane via an inflatable ladder.
A criminal investigation has been launched into the incident, which forced the airport to shut down between 3:20am and 10:30am on Thursday.
The probe will be conducted by the East Siberian Transport Prosecutor’s Office amid suspicions of safety rules violation, the Russian news agency says.
An initial examination showed that there was “no connection” between the incident and the aircraft’s technical systems, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft stated.
“The incident was caused by external factors,” the company insisted, adding that it is supporting the inquiry.
According to a source in the investigating commission, the plane skidded off the runway due to ice, RIA reports.
It follows Russian airline Aeroflot announcing at the beginning of the month that it would stop flights to Yakutska while its airport's runaway undergoes reconstruction.
Footage on Twitter has emerged purportedly showing the, rundown at best and hazardous at worst, state of the runway.
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