Passengers Push Plane

I have heard of self service airlines before but this week’s story out of Siberia gave me the chills!

Seventy passengers hopped off their UTair Tupolev 134 in order to push it, after its brakes  froze in minus 52C temperatures at Igarka airport, above the Arctic Circle in Russia. The airport tractor was not able to budge the plane.

This video shows the pushers, most of whom were oil and gas workers wanting to get home:

Eventually the plane made a successful flight to the regional capital of Krasnoyarsk. Clearly their de-icing machine was working!  Apparently, the Problems developed because “the wrong kind of grease was used for the landing gear”

NB UTair safety record is a little spotty. They have had eight air accidents since 2007.

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