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56 injured as passengers panicked and pushed each other during emergency evacuation

By The Siberian Times reporter
26 September 2019

Boeing 767 with 344 tourists on board was landing in Barnaul when one of its wheels caught fire.

‘There were no injuries during the actual landing, but there were during the evacuation. There was panic, people crowded up, there were bruises and even broken legs. It was really harsh’, said tourist Marina Shevchenko

The Azur Air plane had to make second landing attempt after a loud bang was heard and a wheel ignited during the failed first try. 

The plane was packed full with Russian holiday-makers coming home from Vietnamese Cam Rahn. 

It landed at 21.21 local time with nervous passengers reporting fire and strong smell of resin in the rare part of the plane. Panic erupted as flight attended called for urgent evacuation, calling for passengers to run as far as possible away from the plane in case it exploded.

‘There were no injuries during the actual landing, but there were during the evacuation. There was panic, people crowded up, there were bruises and even broken legs. It was really harsh’, said tourist Marina Shevchenko. 

The evacuation took five minutes.

Comments (1)

5 minutes is 3 minutes to long. if the plane would have been burning or if there was thick smoke inside, many people would have been dead. BUT living here here since many years i also know how people do react. EVERYONE just also has to take the , more often then not, bulky hand luggage with them. cant leave a cheapo tourist t shirt and a stick fake cigarettes behind. they seem to be more worth then ones own, or the fellow passengers live... a sad story indeed. but doe not happen in Barnaul only.
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
27/09/2019 09:53
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