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Polar Airlines Landed on Frozen River in Russia

Polar Airlines’ Antonov An-24 aircraft made a landing outside the runway at Zyranka Airport in Yakutia. The plane deviated from the landing course by two degrees and landed on a frozen riverbank to the right of the runway, approximately 80 meters away. The incident occurred during the routine Yakutsk – Zyranka – Srednekolymsk flight.

Miraculously, no one was injured, and the plane sustained no visible damage during the landing on the icy river.

Investigations are underway to determine the root cause of the deviation from the landing course. Preliminary information suggests that the automatic radio beacon, a crucial component of the aircraft’s navigation system, was not operational during the incident.

Pilots of the Polar Airlines’ Antonov An-24 aircraft, which made an emergency landing on a frozen river today, have attributed the incident to ground fog obstructing their view of the runway at Zyranka Airport. This revelation comes from statements provided by the crew members to the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviation), which has initiated an investigation into the serious aviation incident.

More than 1,500 flights on aircraft with “expired” components and inadequate maintenance have been identified in Yakutia.

The Yakutian airline Polar Airlines had passenger planes that operated for a prolonged period with incomplete and untimely maintenance. Sources close to the government of Yakutia and the Ministry of Transport revealed this to the telegram channel Aviatorshchina.

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