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Flight to Moscow makes emergency landing at PUJ

A B777 jet bound to Moscow had to make an emergency landing at Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) yesterday evening, Wednesday 10 February 2016 after the pilot detected engine problems and loss of fuel. All 351 passengers and 20 crew members on board Orenair flight R2554 were evacuated in the preventive operation, as reported in Diario Libre. The tourists were returned to their hotels, getting at least one extra day out of the cold.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Feb 11, 2016

UPDATE: Pilot who masterly landed the burning Russian aircraft in the Dominican Republic, was called a superman.

In the skies over the Dominican Republic, on Feb 10th, a plane with Russian tourists was caught on fire. The liner was making a flight from Punta Cana to Moscow, there was over 300 passengers on board, including children. No one got hurt. A few minutes after the take-off, tourists heard a loud clap, after which the entire interior of the plane got covered in a thick acrid smoke – one of the engines exploded.
This day for them became their second birthday, which the passengers of “Boeing 777″ will remember for life.

At an altitude of 5000 meters, one of the engine on the left wing got caught on fire. Passengers who were sitting on the left side of the plane could see this. Within seconds the white acrid smoke filled in the cabin of the aircraft. Oxygen masks dropped.  Even for an experienced pilot to land a plane in this condition would take lots of skill, as a minor mistake could lead to a catastrophe.

The fire occurred 15 minutes after the take-off, at that time “Boeing” was already over the ocean, the only chance to save the situation was to get back to the departure airport in Punta Cana. To do this, they had to drop almost a ton of fuel and muffle the burning engine. Pilots were landing the aircraft on one engine, and because of the overload the chassis got caught on fire as well. The engine continued to burn and could explode any second.

The cries of horror were heard around. People were getting out of the plane via inflatable slides and, without looking back, were running away from this to a safer location. On pages of social networks dozens of pictures of the burning plane on the runway and countless words of gratitude to the pilots for saving lives. Passengers are convinced that only due to the lightning reactions of pilots, precise and coordinated actions of the crew, they stayed alive.


Feb 11, 2016

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