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Passengers get out and push frozen plane in Siberia

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Temperatures of minus 50 Celsius trigger plane’s touchdown gear to freeze

Videos present passengers rallying to push the Tupolev plane into place

Aircraft reportedly accomplished its journey with out additional issues


Yes, this actually occurred! A bunch of passengers left their seats to offer their frozen plane a push at a snowbound airport in Siberia.

That was the scenario at Igarka Airport earlier this week the place temperatures of minus 50 Celsius left a Tupolev Tu-134 plane stranded on the runway.

Passengers rallied to the rescue when oil in the plane’s touchdown gear froze, in line with UTair, the airline whose livery the plane carries.

According to the Komsomolskaya Pravda website, there have been cries of “Let’s go!” as two rows of passengers, dressed in heavy coats and thick gloves, every took a wing and apparently started shoving the plane into place.

“We all want to get home,” one of many burly volunteers was quoted as saying.

Video and photos circulated on social media present the passengers succeeding in their mission, regardless of biting winds and freezing temperatures.

Komsomolskaya Pravda stated Russian officers have been investigating whether or not any aviation security laws had been breached by the unorthodox take off.

UTair stated the plane was operated by a subsidiary, Katekavia, and that the parking maneuvers of plane and departure circumstances have been the duty of airport floor companies.

“The problems at departure were caused by weather conditions, in particular, extremely low air temperature which is typical for this part of Krasnoyarsk region and sometimes gets as low as minus 50 Celsius,” an UTair spokesperson advised CNN.

“While the aircraft was parked at Igarka airport, its landing gear froze on to the aerodrome surface. In order to quickly resolve this issue the passengers assisted the tow truck to move the aircraft.”

The plane and passengers have been reportedly in a position to take off and landed safely a number of hours later in Krasnoyarsk, to the south of Igarka.

Thankfully there was no want for additional pushing because the temperature at their vacation spot was a balmy minus 11 Celsius.



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