October 8, 2008

Russian Airliner Lands With Flattened Wheel Tire

ARKHANGELSK, Russia. Oct 8 (Interfax) - A Russian airliner managed to land at a northern Russian airport with a damaged carriage wheel, the airport's acting director said on Wednesday, describing the occurrence as "a minor accident" and saying "there was no danger for the passengers."

The site of the accident was Mezen airport in the Arkhangelsk region.

The 44-seat Antonov An-24 plane had a flat tire when it was landing after arriving from Arkhangelsk, acting airport director Pyotr Lazar told Interfax.

"The plane will fly back today after the wheel is mended," he said.

The aircraft's owner is the Aeroflot-Nord airline, one of whose planes, a Boeing 737, crashed in Perm, Russia, after a flight from Moscow on September 14, killing all 88 people aboard.

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