An engine failure forced Russian planes to make a hard landing, investigators say.

This screenshot shows the location of the Tomsk region in western Siberia, where a Russian airliner forced landing on Russia’s Siberia on July 16, 2021. (Screenshot via Google Maps / Epoch Times)

Moscow-Russian investigators said on Saturday that a minor engine failure forced a small airliner to land in Siberia the day before and turned the aircraft over, but did not seriously injure the 18 people on board.

Fear swirled in its fate after the Russian Antonov An-28 plane went missing during a flight from the town of Kedrovy to the town of Tomsk. Dispatched rescue teams found survivors in the woodlands near the damaged aircraft.

“About 10 minutes after the flight, both engines stopped working,” the Russian investigative commission said on Saturday, when the plane made a hard landing about 70 km (43 miles) from Kedrovy and the plane turned upside down. He added that it became.

According to the committee, all passengers were evacuated safely. One of the pilots suffered a broken leg and a teenage passenger was treated for a concussion, while the rest had only cuts and bruises.

Investigators took fuel samples and flight documents from the plane and seized the emergency locator beacon as part of an ongoing investigation.

In the incident on Friday, less than two weeks after a similar aircraft, Antonov An-26, crashed on a cliff with poor visibility on the remote Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East, killing all 28 people on board. It happened at home.

Russia’s aviation safety standards have improved in recent years, but accidents involving aging planes, especially in remote areas, are not uncommon.

Alexander Mallow

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