Apr 1 2007 10:56AM
Russian crew makes emergency landing at Gander avoiding accident
MOSCOW. April 1 (Interfax) - An accident was prevented in Canada’s Gander airport on Saturday by the crew of a Russian Antonov An-124-100 plane, sources in the Transport Ministry told Interfax on Sunday.
The plane, owned by the Volga-Dnepr air company and carrying nine crew, ten technical personnel and 98 tonnes of cargo, ran 78 meters off the landing strip at Gander International Airport at 9:15 a.m., Moscow time on March 31.
The plane was on a flight from Greenville (U.S.) to Shannon, Ireland, via Gander, and further to Tianjin with stopovers.
The first stage of the landing and of the run along the landing strip were normal, but braking proved ineffective after the reverse thrust was switched off.
Running off the landing strip was inevitable and the crew steered the plane leftwards to avoid collision with radar infrastructure. Turning around the front landing gear the plane stopped in a position opposite to landing movement 78 meters off the landing strip.
No one was hurt. The plane’s landing gear was slightly damaged.
The Volga-Dnepr air company informed the Transport Ministry’s flight control department on March 31 that the plane had been steered to the parking area after shingle was laid underneath the plane.
A reserve An-124 will fly personnel to Gander at noon, April 1, to assist the crew and join an investigation.
The crew must be given credit for preventing a crash, the Transport Ministry said. sd