Tue, Apr 03, 2007
Plane Runs Off Runway End
Russian crew made an emergency landing and prevented an accident
at Canada's Gander airport over the weekend in the Antonov
An-124-100 plane, as reported by Interfax.
The plane (type shown above), owned by the Volga-Dnepr air
company was carrying nine crew, 10 technical personnel and 98 tons
of cargo. 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. The aircraft settled nearly 300
feet off end of the runway at Gander International Airport.
The flight originated in Greenville, SC en route to Shannon,
Ireland, via Gander, and further to Tianjin with stops along the
Running off the runway was inevitable and the crew steered the
plane to avoid collision with radar equipment. There were no
injuries to the crew or technical personnel on board and the
plane's landing gear was just slightly damaged.
The Volga-Dnepr air company informed the Transport Ministry's
flight control department that the crew was able to steer the plane
from the end of the runway to a parking area after the
A reserve An-124 will fly to Gander to assist the crew and join
in the investigation. The crew must be given credit for preventing
a crash, the Transport Ministry said.
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