Hydraulic Issue Forces Airbus Emergency Landing in Siberia

No injuries are reported in the event involving Russia’s Ural Airlines.

An A320 belonging to Russia’s Ural Airlines, similar to the one here, made an emergency landing Tuesday. [Credit: Shutterstock]

No one was injured when an Airbus A320 made an emergency landing in a field in Siberia on Tuesday. According to Reuters, there were 167 people, including six crewmembers, aboard the airplane belonging to Russia's Ural Airlines.

During a press conference, airline officials stated the emergency landing was due to a hydraulic issue.

Ural Airlines is a domestic carrier based in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.

The flight was en route from the Black Sea town of Sochi to Omsk, a distance of approximately 1,464 nm. The emergency landing was made in what appeared to be an open field in western Siberia's Novosibirsk region.

Russian officials released photographs of the scene that showed the airliner in the field with its emergency evacuation slides deployed and people standing around it.

Rosaviatsiya, Moscow's aviation agency, described the event as "an unscheduled landing on a site selected from the air" and added that "all passengers are housed in the nearest village."

Russian aviation authorities are investigating the incident.

Meg Godlewski has been an aviation journalist for more than 24 years and a CFI for more than 20 years. If she is not flying or teaching aviation, she is writing about it. Meg is a founding member of the Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture and excels at the application of simulation technology to flatten the learning curve. Follow Meg on Twitter @2Lewski.

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