Boeing 737 Plane Makes Hard Landing in Northwest Russia

February 9, 2020 Updated: February 9, 2020
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A Boeing 737 airliner with 94 people on board made a hard landing in northwestern Russia on Feb. 9, airline UTair confirmed. There were no serious injuries, the company said.

A “sharp, unpredictable wind shear” occurred during landing, and the plane’s landing gear collapsed while the plane was on the runway, FlightGlobal reported. Wind shear is a sudden change in wind velocity and/or direction.

“Owing to the prompt and highly professional actions of the crew, the aircraft was able to be kept on the runway until it stopped completely,” the airline said.

“Utair specialists have flown to Usinsk to analyze flight information and determine the causes of what happened,” the carrier said.

The plane was arriving at the Usinsk Airport in the Komi Republic, located about 930 miles from Moscow, Reuters reported.

Photos and videos posted on social media showed the plane resting on its belly on the runway. One photo showed what appeared to be passengers attempting to climb out of the plane over a wing.

Russia’s federal Investigative Committee told FlightGlobal, ”Steps are being taken to establish the circumstances of the aviation incident, as well as the causes and conditions.” A routine criminal probe was also opened.

On Feb. 6, a Boeing 737-800 operated by Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines overshot a runway before crashing, which caused the plane to break into several pieces. Three people were killed and dozens were injured.