Boeing 737-800 makes emergency landing in Northern Russia, reports of engine failure
The aircraft was carrying 157 passengers and six crewmembers on board. It was traveling from the small city of Mirny, Siberia to Moscow when the pilots were forced to divert the plane to Syktyvkar in northern Russia.
It is not immediately clear what caused the problem, but early data indicates that one of the plane’s engines stopped working mid-air, officials on the ground said.
The airliner belonged to Russian diamond-mining giant Alrosa.
The incident comes as Boeing faces scrutiny after two aircraft of its newest 737 MAX 8 series crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia, killing everyone on board. This led many nations around the globe to ground their entire fleets of 737 MAX 8 planes.Also on rt.com Boeing halts 737 MAX deliveries amid fallout after deadly Ethiopian crash
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