Volga-Dnepr AN-124s grounded with immediate effect
by Cargo Newswire
Volga-Dnepr Airlines has announced the temporary suspension of its An-124-100(-150) commercial operations as of November 25, 2020 until the investigation completion and identification of causes of aviation incident occurred in Tolmachevo airport (Novosibirsk).
On the 13th of November 2020 soon after take off the airplane suffered the uncontained engine fan disk failure of series D-18T which resulted in engine failure and the loss of control systems. Carrying 84 tons of cargo with full fuel tanks, suffering engine failure and loss of control elements, the crew managed to avert the disaster, make a 180-degree, land and keep the plane on the runway, skidding off the runway.
Following the incident, the Federal Agency for Air Transport has set up a commission, including Volga-Dnepr specialists, who are identifying the causes.
On the day of the incident, Igor Aksenov, general director at Volga-Dnepr Airlines, said: “After the emergency landing, all crew members were examined by medical personnel and most importantly none were injured. At the moment we are cooperating with the aviation authorities and Novosibirsk airport with respect to this event and will thoroughly analyse the situation accordingly.”
Volga-Dnepr Airlines acknowledges understanding from its customers and partners and takes all the actions to fulfil contractual obligations and resume safe commercial operations onboard An-124-100(-150).
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Link to Aviation Herald for video clips and damage photos