A jetliner from Ural Airlines made an emergency landing in a Russian field on Tuesday after the pilot reportedly feared running out of fuel before reaching the planned destination.
The plane was going from Sochi to Omsk with 159 people on board and landed in the Novosibirsk region, according to Reuters.
A failure in the [aircraft’s] green hydraulic system occurred as the flight approached Omsk," Russia’s TASS news agency quoted Ural Airlines CEO Sergey Skuratov as saying.
"The flight increased fuel consumption, and the flight commander realized that there might not be enough fuel to land at Novosibirsk Airport," he reportedly added. "So, he decided to land the aircraft in a field... with landing gear extended and he did so successfully."
Russian news sources said said the landing happened "on a site selected from the air" near the village of Kamenka. The passengers are being housed in the village while other travel arrangements are made.
Skuratov said the mechanical problem was not due to any shortages caused by Western sanctions over Ukraine.
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