A plane carrying Peru fans from Yekaterinburg to Tyumen in Russia landed safely on Friday but not after an engine fault caused the cabin to fill with smoke
A lot of Safety concerns have plagued Russia’s airline industry, which has witnessed multiple fatal crashes in recent years. The engine of a plane carrying Saudi Arabia’s team caught fire earlier this week.
Russia’s state aviation agency, Rosaviatsiya, said on Saturday that a Utair plane carrying fans to Moscow via Tyumen had suffered engine failure.
“During the landing approach, there was a failure *in the second turboprop engine,” Rosaviatsiya said in a statement. “As a result of the abnormal engine activity, smoke from overheated oil got into the passenger cabin of the aircraft through the air-conditioning system.
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Rosaviatsiya said the smoke cleared from the cabin and that the pilot was able to safely land the plane on one engine.
A spokeswoman for Utair said media reports about a fire breaking out on the plane were incorrect.
“The crew acted as instructed and landed the aircraft as usual,” she wrote in an e-mail to Reuters. “The plane taxied in independently [and] the passengers left via the stairs without using the emergency equipment.”
Utair is working with aviation authorities to investigate whether a foreign object got into the engine, she said..