Earlier today, a Sukhoi Superjet operated by Russian leisure airline Red Wings overran the runway when landing in Belgorod. No passengers were injured, and the aircraft seems to have sustained only minor damage. Passengers onboard the flight say that the plane was ‘tossed about’ but that everyone remained relatively calm. Rosaviatsia has launched an investigation into the incident.
It was a dramatic start to the week for passengers and crew onboard Red Wings flight WZ387 from Moscow Domodedovo to Belgorod just north of the Ukrainian border. When landing at 10:41 local time, the airline’s Sukhoi Superjet SSJ 100-95LR overran the runway. The Aviation Herald stated it overshot by about 110 meters (350 feet).
Meanwhile, official law enforcement sources told TASS it was closer to 40 meters (131 feet). No matter the exact distance, the aircraft ended with all of its gear on soft ground. Passengers were evacuated by the airport’s fire services without any injuries reported.
“None of the passengers and crew members were injured. The Federal Air Transport Agency commission is engaged in clarifying the causes of the accident, in which the airline’s employees are involved,” a Red Wings spokesperson shared with the news agency.
Прокуратура и Следственный комитет проводят проверки по факту выкатывания пассажирского самолета авиакомпании Red Wings за пределы взлетно-посадочной полосы при посадке в международном аэропорту Белгорода:https://t.co/YVSNeR3toX
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Traffic to the airport not affected
The aircraft in question, a 3.1-year-old SSJ 100-95LR registered as RA-89122, seems to have gotten away with minor damages but has not yet returned to the air. The return flight, scheduled for 11:25 local time, has yet to depart from Belgorod. Meanwhile, traffic to and from Belgorod Airport has continued, with another 20 flights scheduled throughout the day.
No panic on the plane
According to one passenger interviewed by Gazeta.ru, the atmosphere on board the plane remained calm, despite the aircraft shaking quite violently after leaving the paved runway. Fire services arrived at the aircraft’s location, and people could leave via a mobile stairway about 25 minutes after landing.
“I was looking out the window, and as we were landing, I realized we were flying too far over the runway. There was a very heavy landing, and the plane shook a lot. Then there was a very sharp jump, and we drove out into the field, shaken and tossed about in different directions. In general, there was no panic onboard. People were all calm but didn’t really understand what was happening,” the woman named Alina told reporters.
Not the first Red Wings runway incident
This is not the first time a Red Wings SSJ enjoys a little runway excursion this winter. In November last year, an aircraft registered as RA-89138 was operating a flight from Chelyabinsk to Norilsk in Siberia when it veered off the runway and skidded to a halt after about 30 meters (98.5 feet). At that time, however, heavy Siberian snowfall was to blame.
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