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Alrosa Mirny :: The Tupolev took skies again

Aircraft Brand NewsPosted by The Blog Owner Thu, March 24, 2011 19:10:22

Izhma Airport, March 24, 2011 - On 7 September 2010, Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise Flight 514, operated by Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85684 suffered a complete in-flight electrical failure. A successful emergency landing was made at the closed Izhma Airport but the aircraft overran the overgrown runway and was substantially damaged. All 81 people on board survived. The aircraft was on a domestic scheduled passenger flight from Polyarny Airport, Udachny to Domodedovo International Airport,Moscow.

RA-85684 flown by test pilots of Tupolev took the skies again on Mar 24th 2011 departing from Izhma with 11 tons of fuel on board using a takeoff distance of 800 meters/2600 feet, flew a circuit at low level over Izhma and continued to Ukhta for a safe landing. The gear was not retracted during the flight as planned. The airplane was further flown to Samara where final repairs will be made before the airplane returns to service with Alrosa Mirny.

Source: Wikipedia and The Aviation Herald. Movie: kp.ru at YouTube

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