A Ural Airlines Airbus A320 made an emergency landing in a field in Siberia this morning (September 12) while operating a domestic service between Sochi and Omsk.
The airline confirmed the incident in a statement on its Telegram account. The jet, RA-73805 (c/n 2166) was carrying 161 passengers and six crew members. Pictures show that the European-built narrowbody remained intact following its off-airport landing and no injuries have been reported.
At a press conference, the general director of the carrier Sergei Skuratov revealed that the aircraft’s green hydraulic system failed while the jet was on approach to Omsk.
Skuratov says that as a result of the failure, the required landing distance increased beyond the 2,500m offered by Omsk. The crew subsequently decided to divert to Novosibirsk located approximately 375 miles (600km) to the east of its planned destination.