MOSCOW, April 28. /TASS/. The Ilyushin Il-38 plane of the Indian Air Force has safely landed at Moscow’s Zhukovsky airport, with its nose landing gear fold, a spokesman for the Ilyushin company said on Saturday.
"The Il-38 has safely landed with its nose landing gear fold. No fire followed," the spokesman said, adding that no one was hurt.
The airport has temporarily stopped receiving civil flights following an emergency landing of the Ilyushin Il-38 plane, a source in emergencies services told TASS.
"Currently, Zhukovsky’s civil airport is nor receiving inbound flights. A Urals Airlines flight U62448 from Osh landed at Domodedovo. Another flight of the Pegas air carrier, EO404 from Tel Aviv also will be directed to Domodedovo," the source said.
The Il-38 is currently saying at the runway, which has been covered with foam for security considerations.
The airport’s executives will decide on outbound flights departure after the runway is cleared and inspected. "Departures will obviously be delayed due to technical reasons," the source said.
Built on the IL-18 platform, the Il-38 [NATO reporting name: May] is a long-haul antisubmarine warfare aircraft equipped with a navigation system of Doppler and radio navigation tools and an automated target search and track system capable of spotting surface ships and submarines.