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New emergency with Russian airplane: Radioactive cargo on board

New emergency with Russian airplane: Radioactive cargo on board Russian plane with a radioactive cargo landed in Moscow airport on December 11 (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

A plane carrying a radioactive cargo made an emergency landing at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport on December 11, with 104 passengers and 5 crew members on board, according to the Baza Telegram channel.

The aircraft belonging to UTair was operating a flight from Khanty-Mansiysk to Moscow overnight on December 11.

"During landing, the plane signaled an emergency alarm due to landing gear malfunction," the report said.

According to Russian media, the landing supposedly went smoothly, and around 1:30 AM, the plane landed at Vnukovo.

"At the same time, besides passengers, there were 19 kilograms of radioactive material on board," Baza specifies.

Plane incidents in Russia

This is the second similar incident with a plane in Russia in the last few days. On December 7, a plane caught fire during takeoff in Ulan-Ude, Russia. The cargo Tu-204 was supposed to depart for Changzhou, China.

Interestingly, there have been frequent incidents involving aviation in Russia lately. In particular, Russian-made Superjet planes have faced issues due to sanctions. Pilots complain about failures in navigation databases.