Passengers 'get out and push' frozen plane in -52C temperatures in Russia (VIDEO)

Dec 19 2017, 12:57 pm

Do you hate pushing your car when it’s stuck in the snow? Passengers of a plane in Russia had to get out and push after -52°C temperatures caused the aircraft’s landing gear brakes to freeze.

The Katekavia UTair flight was scheduled to travel from the town of Igarka in northwestern Siberia to Krasnoyarsk in central Russia. It was ready for take off, but the plane would not move onto the taxiway even with the help of a tugging tractor, according to The Siberian Times.

All of the flight’s 74 passengers, a group of workers in the oil industry, were asked to disembark the aircraft in an effort to make it lighter. Concerned about potential delays for the journey home, the workers decided to offer their assistance in the frigid arctic winds and pushed the plane’s wings to budge the brakes free.

The plane was able to take off and land safely several hours later at Krasnoyarsk. However, viral video from a mobile device that captured the entire incident has been a cause for concern for Russian aviation authorities.

An investigation will be conducted to determine why passengers left their seats and pushed the plane as if it were a car, which could have damaged the aircraft’s exterior. 

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Feature Image: YouTube screenshot via Siberian Times

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