Russia 2018: Peru Fans Escape Plane Crash
Peruvian football fans will be in jubilation mood now.
That is because they escaped what could have been tragic after they lost a World Cup group stage game to France.
A Russian passenger plane carrying the fans on Friday from the World Cup city of Ekaterinburg had an engine fault that caused the cabin to be filled with smoke.
It, however, landed safely, but it leaves much to worry about how mishap is knocking at the door in this World Cup.
According to a statement by Russia’s air transport regulator on Saturday, the plane was heading to Tyumen in Siberia when the failure occurred.
Safety concerns have plagued Russia’s airline industry, which has witnessed multiple fatal crashes in recent years.
This is coming days after the engine of a plane carrying Saudi Arabia’s football team caught fire.
Russia’s state aviation agency, Rosaviatsiya, said on Saturday that an Utair plane which was carrying Peruvian fans back to Moscow via Tyumen had suffered engine failure.
They were returning after watching their national side lose 1-0 to France in Ekaterinburg.
“During the landing approach there was a failure in the second turboprop engine,” Rosaviatsiya said in a statement.
“As a result of the abnormal engine activity, smoke from overheated oil got into the passenger cabin of the aircraft through the air-conditioning system.”
Rosaviatsiya said the smoke soon cleared from the cabin and that the pilot was able to safely land the plane on one engine.
A spokeswoman for Utair said media reports about a fire breaking out on the plane were incorrect.
“The crew acted as instructed and landed the aircraft as usual.
“The plane taxied in independently, the passengers left via the stairs without using the emergency equipment,” she said in written comments to Reuters.
Utair is now working with aviation authorities to investigate whether a foreign object got into the engine, she added.
On Monday, the Saudi Arabia national team in the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia escaped death after the plane they were travelling in caught fire while landing.
The squad was travelling from Moscow to Rostov-on-Don in the south of Russia ahead of their second World Cup match against Uruguay on Wednesday in Group A.
Flames were seen from the engine as the Russian Airlines Airbus landed.