Boeing 737 makes emergency landing at Vnukovo airport in Moscow

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Sky Express operates 9 Boeing 737s
Image: Juergen Lehle.

A Boeing 737 with 69 people on board safely made an emergency landing at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, after the crew noticed excessive vibrations in the aircraft's left engine shortly upon takeoff. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

The airplane circled around the airport to burn spare fuel in order to make the landing safer, according to Interfax. Fire crews and ambulances were at the scene when the jet landed.

"After the plane took off, a vibration of the left engine was detected, after which it was decided to return back to Vnukovo," ((Translated from Russian))Russian language: ‍После взлета была обнаружена вибрация левого двигателя, после чего было принято решение о возвращении самолета обратно во Внуково a spokesperson for the airport told Interfax. "The airplane made an emergency landing. None of the 69 people on board were hurt." ((ru))Russian language: ‍Самолет совершил аварийную посадку. Никто из находившихся на борту 69 человек не пострадал

The plane had taken off from Vnukovo and was en route to Sochi on the Black Sea.

The aircraft involved in the incident was a Sky Express Boeing 737-500, flight XW-229.