Sunday, August 20, 2017

Plane emergency lands in Surgut due to wing flap failure

A UTair airlines ATR-42 airplane experienced a wing flap failure and was forced to return to the Surgut airport quickly after its takeoff this week, according to the city transport prosecutor's office.

The plane landed safely only seven minutes after it took off and none of the people on board were injured, Itar-Tass reports.

"The plane took off from Surgut at 5 a.m. Moscow time and was bound for Tyumen," the spokesman said, according to Itar-Tass. "While the plane was taking off its wing flap malfunction detector activated and the plane landed at 5:07 a.m. There were 44 people onboard, including three crew members. None was hurt."

The An-2 biplane that took off from a Serov airport last month, however, has yet to be found after it mysteriously took off in June, Daily Mail reports.

More than 2,000 people and 14 aircraft have been included in the search of more than 275,000 square kilometers of hilly and swampy land. The group allegedly set off on the unscheduled expedition after a session of drinking. Included on the plane were a pilot, the chief traffic policeman of Serov, a security guard, another officer, the night watchman of the airfield and multiple other passengers.

Andrei Zalensky, the head of the regional emergencies ministry, said that there was a chance the missing did not perish.

"Even if some of them are injured they could survive, but they won't be able get out on their own," Zalensky said, according to Daily Mail. "We must continue to search."