Russia Orders Investigation After Plane Skids Off Runway

Russia Orders Investigation After Plane Skids Off Runway
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Russian investigators are looking into an incident in which a passenger plane operated by national carrier Aeroflot skidded off a runway after landing in snowy conditions at Kaliningrad airport in the Western Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

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Transport investigators said Wednesday that the Airbus A-320 overshot the runway by five meters after landing at Khrabrovo airport in a snowstorm late Tuesday.

All 174 passengers and crew were rescued during an emergency evacuation.

Aeroflot declined to comment on the reasons for the incident until it had completed its own investigation, according to a representative quoted by Russian news agency TASS.

Dark and snowy conditions caused the plane to overshoot the end of the runway, coming to rest in a snow-covered field around 150 metres after the end of the landing strip. Aeroflot have blamed Khrabrovo airport in Kaliningrad for not clearing the runway of snow and ice, according to Flashnord information agency.

 

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