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Passengers get out and push a frozen plane in Siberia


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Temperatures of minus 50 degrees Celsius cause plane’s landing gear to freeze

Videos show passengers rallying to push the Tupolev plane into position

The plane would have completed its trip without further problems.



CNN

Yes, it really happened! A group of passengers left their seats to push their frozen plane through a snowy airport in Siberia.

Such was the situation at Igarka airport earlier this week, where temperatures of minus 50 degrees Celsius left a Tupolev Tu-134 plane stuck on the runway.

Passengers rallied to the rescue when the oil in the plane’s landing gear froze, according to UTair, the airline whose livery the plane is wearing.

According to the Komsomolskaya Pravda website, there were cries of “Let’s go!” as two rows of passengers, clad in thick coats and heavy gloves, each took a wing and apparently began pushing the plane into position.

“We all want to go home,” one of the burly volunteers reportedly said.

Videos and images shared on social media show the passengers successfully completing their mission, despite biting winds and freezing temperatures.

Komsomolskaya Pravda said Russian officials were investigating whether any aviation safety rules were breached by the unorthodox takeoff.

UTair said the plane was operated by a subsidiary, Katekavia, and aircraft parking maneuvers and departure conditions were the responsibility of the airport’s ground services.

“The problems at the start were caused by the weather conditions, in particular the extremely low air temperature which is typical for this part of the Krasnoyarsk region and sometimes drops to minus 50 degrees Celsius,” said a doorman. -UTair’s word to CNN.

“While the plane was parked at Igarka airport, its landing gear froze on the surface of the airfield. In order to quickly solve this problem, the passengers helped the tow truck to move the plane.

The plane and passengers could have taken off and landed safely several hours later in Krasnoyarsk, south of Igarka.

Luckily, there was no need to push any further as the temperature at their destination was a mild minus 11 degrees Celsius.

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