2 Are Killed And 83 Hurt In Emergency Landing Of Russian Jet

(NYTIMES)

Two passengers were killed and 83 others injured on Saturday when two engines failed on a Russian passenger jet shortly after takeoff and the third engine cut out as the plane made an emergency landing, skidding off a snowy runway and breaking apart, officials said.

The plane, a Tupolev Tu-154 belonging to Dagestan Airlines, was carrying at least 155 people when it landed at Domodedovo Airport, a federal aviation agency spokesman, Sergei Izvolsky, said.

The cause of the engine failures is unclear, he said, but recent crashes involving the aging Tu-154 aircraft have prompted the Russian carrier Aeroflot to stop using it.

Aviation officials said 155 people were aboard the Dagestan Airlines plane, but the Emergencies Ministry said in a statement on its Web site that the aircraft was carrying 168 passengers and 8 crew members.

The plane had taken off from another Moscow hub, Vnukovo Airport, and was en route to Makhachkala, the capital of Russia’s southern region of Dagestan, officials said.

The pilot received signals that engines had cut out about 50 miles into the flight at an altitude of 30,000 feet, Mr. Izvolsky said, and requested an emergency landing at Domodedovo, southeast of Moscow.
RT