Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Siberians Stuck Have To Push Plane

Sometimes you find yourself on a Siberian airline, questioning your life decisions.  Then you have to stop that line of thought as you are interrupted with a message that your plane is stuck on the runway.  Also, because you are in Siberia, you are gonna need to get out, and push.

A flight from from Siberia's Igarka airport to Krasnoyarsk, the regional capital, was delayed due to temperatures of minus 52 Celsius. The plane was literally frozen on the runway. But the 70 passengers on board, who had already waited one day for their flight, refused to be grounded so easily: They got out and pushed.

Sure, I'll get out.  


One of the men working to free the 30 ton aircraft:

"We just want to get home."

The plane might have been able to take off, but the grease on the landing gear wasn't rated for such low temperatures, which caused the brake pads to freeze up, the Siberian Times reported.

Most of the passengers were oil workers on their way home from work in the Arctic.  The airline denies that the men actually moved the plane, but was just a social media stunt.

Airport chief Maxim Aksyonov to the Siberian Times:


"Most likely, the plane's passengers, oil workers, decided to do a kind of 'selfie'. It was a good joke and it became a big thing on the Internet."

The men however insist that they helped when a tractor trailer couldn't budge the aircraft alone.

It worked though.  The plane was able to take off and made it to Krasnoyarsk on time safely without any further incident.  They didn't even need to push it mid-flight.

So remember this holiday travel time people: No matter how packed it is, or how long you have to wait,  you don't need to get out and push.  Also, you aren't flying from Siberia.

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