Cheating death: Passengers survive flipped over burning plane
“The landing was very rough, then we lost a wheel and the plane started spinning, then we flipped over and so we were hanging upside down on the safety belts,” one of the passengers, Askar Rustamov, was quoted by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.Rustamov said that he was one of the last ones to leave the plane. “I was standing at the emergency exit and remember that some airport worker was waving his hands so I remained where I was, because it was high above the ground, then someone screamed that the plane is going to explode now and I jumped,” he said.There were about a dozen of children among the passengers. One adult and seven children were taken to hospital after the accident. One of them, a seven-month-old girl, was diagnosed with a head injury and concussion.
Many of the passengers were in shock after the crash, about 50 of them requested counseling.A special commission is investigating the incident. Reports say one of the likely causes is a mistake made by the pilot operating the aircraft.The Ministry of Transportation of Kyrgyzstan said that the crashed vehicle was working its last days, with its airworthiness due to expire on 19 January.It was also reported that the aircraft had been manufactured in 1979 and was not equipped with modern navigation systems such as GPS.