Almost 18,000 civilians evacuated from areas of Aleppo controlled by militantsWorld December 10, 7:41
Russian swimmers win 11 sets of medals at FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m)Sport December 10, 7:00
Shiveluch volcano in Russia’s Far East spews ash to 11 km in airWorld December 10, 5:28
Ceasefire agreements enter into force near Damascus, in Idlib province ― mediaWorld December 10, 4:18
Russian pair Tarasova/Morozov win final of ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in MarseillesSport December 10, 4:00
Matviyenko to visit UAE to participate in Forum of Women Speakers of ParliamentRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 10, 3:21
Doping samples of all athletes from past three Olympics should be re-analyzed ― lawmakerSport December 10, 2:01
Russia’s figure skater Medvedeva leads with world record after SP at Grand Prix finalsSport December 10, 1:28
Russian energy minister expects OPEC, non member countries to sign agreement on oil outputBusiness & Economy December 10, 0:46
MOSCOW, December 29 (Itar-Tass) — The Tu-204 airliner, which made a forced landing at the Vnukovo airport, has been flown by the experienced crew, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov told journalists on Saturday.
“The commander’s logged flight hours reached 15,000 hours, the second pilot had 10,000 hours and the engineer had also 10,000 hours,” the Russian minister said.
In his words, the coefficient traction was over 0,5 what is considered normal. The governmental commission will determine the reasons for the airliner to overrun the runway. The minister also said assistance to families of the dead and injured crewmembers had been taken under special control.
Totally, there are eight crewmembers aboard the airliner. Four of them died, he added.
“The flight operations director reported that the airliner had made the landing in the landing zone. But it could not stop and overran the runway. Then the Tu-204 airliner faced the localiser system and the airport’s wire entanglement. The airliner broke through them and penetrated into the Kiev highway,” Sokolov said.
Three crewmembers – the commander, the second pilot and the engineer were aboard the airliner. Five attendants were also aboard the airliner, he said.
According to Sokolov, the governmental commission will gather at the airport in on Sunday morning.