Russia: Miracle escape after Boeing 737 crash lands and turns into inferno
164 passengers and 6 crew on a commercial Utair flight from Moscow escaped with seconds to spare after the aircraft skidded off a runway, crashed into a river and burst into a ball of flames in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Rescue crews managed to evacuate passengers and the cabin crew from the Boeing 737 plane, where people were forced to jump down onto the wings of the plane and ‘throw’ their children down to safety.
All 170 passengers and crew managed to escape from the wreckage. One airport employee helping with the rescue mission died from a heart attack at the scene.
Russian authorities confirmed 18 people were injured during the evacuation. At least four people on board the plane were hospitalized with burns, and another suffered a broken spine.
It took the aircraft two attempts to land, with strong wind and rain likely to be behind the first failed attempt.
The crew managed to land the plane but it overshot the runway, crashed through a fence, plummeted into the riverbed and caused the left engine to catch alight.