Moscow, Sep 1 : Miraculous escape as all six crew and 164 passengers flee after a plane of a Russia’s Utair airline , skidded off the runway during landing in the Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi on Saturday, slid into a river and eventually caught fire injuring 18 persons including children .
Departure and arrival of about 20 flights have been delayed due to the incident.
“At the moment, 10 departures have been delayed and about the same number of arrivals,” TASS reported.
The injured, included three children.The incident happened during a rough landing at a Sochi airport. There were 164 passengers and six crew on board.
The incident occurred at 2.59 a.m., when a Boeing 737 of Russia’s Utair airline en route from Moscow to Sochi with 164 passengers and six crew members on board skidded off the runway, and ended up on the bank of a river, the statement said.
The Utair airline said Flight UT579 going from Moscow to Sochi skidded into a river, damaging the undercarriage and a wing and causing the left engine to go up in flames.
Rescue crews managed to evacuate passengers and the cabin crew from the Boeing 737 plane, where people were forced to jump down onto the wings of the plane and ‘throw’ their children down to safety.
The plane’s landing gear and one of its wings were damaged, while the left engine caught fire. All passengers were safely evacuated. The fire has been put out.
Russian Health Minister Verokina Skvortsova said, “Those injured received necessary medical assistance and the situation is closely watched.”
Russia’s aviation authorities and Utair have launched a probe.