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Ural Airlines Airbus A-321 Crash Lands Into Russian Field

An Airbus A-321 operated by Ural Airlines (Flight U6-178) from Moscow Zhukovsky (Russia) to Simferopol (Russia) made a crash landing into a corn field less than 3 miles past the end of the runway in Moscow. The flight was carrying 226 passengers and 7 crew. All passengers and crew are reported safe, however 10 sustained some injuries from the landing.

The Ural Airlines aircraft departed from Moscow Zhukovsky and was climbing through 750 feet when the aircraft flew into a flock of birds and ingested birds into both engines. Both engines failed and one began emitting noises as if the engine was spooling up and down. The aircraft crew stopped the climb and attempted to land the aircraft in a cornfield with the landing gear retracted.

Once the aircraft made a successful crash landing into the cornfield, the passengers and crew evacuated via the emergency slides to safety on the ground. There were no fires, no leaking fuel, and no fatalities. Eight buses were sent to the crash site to transport the passengers back to Zhukovsky Airport.

Russian State Prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation.

Aftermath after landing
Passenger video of bird strike
Passenger video of landing

S7 Flight Runs Off End Of Runway And Barely Takes Off

The passengers on board S7 Airlines flight S7-263 from Moscow Domodedovo (DME) to Simferopol are lucky to be alive after their Boeing 737-800 aircraft ran off the end of the runway before finally getting airborne on August 5th, 2019.

Once the flight became airborne it flew successfully to Simferopol where the landing was problem free, however, the flight could have ended in tragedy.

Russian investigators are still researching the cause of this near accident, but initial thoughts are pointing to a miscalculation by the crew for the takeoff weight. Sources online have noted that the 737 was 15 tonnes heavier than initially thought. They believe the crew may have mistakenly calculated the takeoff performance using zero fuel weight instead of the actual fuel weight (which makes up the 15 ton discrepancy).

After the incident in Domodedovo, an inspection of the runway was performed and revealed glass debris as well as 5 damaged runway lights. Once the flight landed in Simferopol, an inspection of the aircraft was carried out and found to have glass embedded in the landing gear as well as 3 damaged tires.

Angara Airlines An-24 Plane Crash Leaves 2 Dead

Two people have died and others are injured after an Angara Airlines Antonov An-24 aircraft crash landed in Nizhneangarsk, Russia.

The tragedy in Eastern Siberia took place after the aircraft attempted an emergency landing and ended up skidding off the runway before colliding with a sewage treatment plant.

The pilot and the mechanic on the aircraft died, and 7 passengers are currently hospitalized. The remaining 43 passengers were released and did not require hospitalization.

Passenger video from inside the cabin of this fatal flight

10 Aeroflot Facts You Should Know

Aeroflot is one of the oldest and most interesting airlines in the world. The airline has a colorful history of almost 100 years in operation, and has seen itself rise from a small airline to a mammoth airline with thousands of aircraft flying the skies of Russia and the world.

Dobrolet

Aeroflot was created in 1923 shortly after the Civil War in Russia. The initial name of the airline was “Dobrolet”, which means “Good Flying” in Russian. It wasn’t until the early 1930’s that the airline changed its name to Aeroflot.

First Routes

The first international route of Aeroflot was to the German city of Konigsberg (now the Russian city of Kaliningrad). The first domestic flight was between Moscow and Nizhniy Novgorod.

First Planes

The first aircraft in the fleet of Dobrolet/Aeroflot were not Russian built planes, but actually German built Junkers F-13 aircraft. It wasn’t until the early 1930’s that Russia began to develop their own aircraft which would replace the German Junkers planes.

Only Operating Jetliner

In 1956, Aeroflot launched services from Moscow to Irkutsk using the brand new jet engine aircraft, the Tupolev TU-104. From the time period of 1956 until 1958, the Tu-104 was the only jet engine aircraft operating in the world, due to the grounding of the British de Havilland DH-106 (the Comet), due to safety concerns after a few crashes.

Soviet Monopoly Joke

During the 1960’s, the Advertising and Information Office for Aeroflot was created. The office created the official slogan “Fly Aeroflot!” to promote the airline within Russia. However, this created a popular joke among the citizens, as there was no competition for Aeroflot within Russia, as they were the sole airline to operate in the Union. The actual reason behind this marketing campaign was to convince travelers to use planes over trains, which was Aeroflot’s main competitor at that time.

A Massive Fleet

At one time, Aeroflot operated over 2,000 aircraft in its fleet. The aircraft varied from tiny Antonov An-2 cropdusters and Mil-Mi Helicopters, to the large Illyushin Il-86 four engine aircraft and the Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic jet.

World Record Holder

During the 1980’s, Aeroflot carried more than 120 million passengers each year. This was a record set for the Guiness Book of World Records, and has never been beaten.

Banned from the United States

From 1983 until 1990, Aeroflot was banned from flying to the United States due to an executive order signed by then President Ronald Reagan. This order was signed in retaliation for the Soviet Union shooting down a Korean Airlines Boeing 747 (Flight 007) while flying over prohibited airspace in the Soviet Union. This ban was lifted in 1990 when the Soviet Union dissolved and the Russian Federation was created.

Babyflots

During the early 1990’s when the Soviet Union was dissolving, the massive airline Aeroflot was broken up into smaller regional/national airlines in their respective post-Soviet countries. Some examples are Bashkirian Airlines, Krasnoyarsk Airlines, Tatarstan Airlines, etc.

Flying Supersonic

Aeroflot is one of only (3) airlines in the world to operate a supersonic aircraft in service, with the other two residing in Europe (British Airways and Air France). Aeroflot flew the Tupolev Tu-144 in 1975 and was flying regularly between Moscow and Alma Ata (Kazakhstan) until discontinued in 1978. The Tu-144 was troubled from the beginning and

Yakutia Airlines Introduces Lie-Flat Seats For Domestic Flights In Russia

The Russian Airline “Yakutia Airlines” has introduced a new product that has never been offered before on domestic flights within the Russian Federation. To improve the experience of their passengers, Yakutia Airlines recently installed lie-flat seats for domestic flights within Russia.

Yakutia Airlines is controlled by the government of the Yakutia Republic, which is a diamond mining area in Northern Russia, of which roughly 40% lies above the Arctic Circle.

Quick Facts:

  • Fleet: 20 aircraft. Antonov An-24, Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-800, Boeing 737 Max-7, Bombardier Dash 8 Q300, Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, Sukhoi Superjet 100-95.
  • Hub: Yakutsk Airport
  • Destinations: 40
  • Website: http://www.yakutia.aero/en/

These new seats were created by an Italian company named “Zeus”, and unfold into lie-flat beds with an additional massage function to provide passengers with a chance to relax and unwind during their long flight.

The general director of Yakutia Airlines stated their decision to install lie-flat seats onboard their aircraft is due to the length and duration of their flights. He feels that flying 6.5 hours (Moscow Vnukovo to Yakutsk) in a standard business class seat on their Boeing 737 fleet is uncomfortable and stressful. By offering this option to completely lay flat, passengers can rest and arrive at their destination relaxed.

In addition to these new seats, Yakutia airlines is also updating its on board menu, resuming in-flight alcoholic beverages, and released a new red uniform for their cabin crew.

Park Inn By Radisson Nevsky – Saint Petersburg, Russia

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I have stayed at the Park Inn by Radisson (Nevsky) on two separate occasions, and it is by far my favorite hotel in all of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Park Inn by Radisson is centrally located in a great part of Saint Petersburg.  You are just steps away from the huge Galeria mall, with many levels of shopping, dining, and entertainment.  The hotel is also across the street from the entrance to the Metro, and just steps away from the famous Nevsky Prospekt, where you can find any store to satisfy your shopping desires, or any food to satisfy your hunger.

My most recent stay at the Park Inn by Radisson was in August of 2015.  I was flying from Kos, Greece to Saint Petersburg overnight, which had my flight arriving in Saint Petersburg at 3:30am.  Based on my past travels, that put me arriving in the hotel around 4:30am.  Since this was well before check-in time,  i had contacted the hotel to see if it was ok for me to check in VERY early, or if i needed to purchase another night to cover these few hours.  The girl at the hotel confirmed that there was no need to purchase another night, and she would notate my reservation to allow for check in at 4:00am.

I landed in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and breezed through customs/immigration.  Within 20 minutes of landing, I was outside the airport and in a cab on my way to the hotel.

When the cab pulled up to the hotel, my excitement began to build.  I had not slept in over two days, and was looking forward to the few hours of rest I would get before my fiancee met me at 9am.

I walked into the welcoming entry of the hotel, and was greeted by a young, but friendly front desk clerk.  I handed him my passport and reservation.  He seemed puzzled at my arrival, and began to enter my information.  After a few minutes, he handed my passport back, and explained that there were no rooms for me to check in to.  My heart immediately fell.  I was tired, had traveled for 2 and a half days straight, and just wanted to sleep!

The front desk worker saw the notation on my reservation that read “Guaranteed Early Check In At 4am per *the girls name*”.  He shook his head and told me that this girl who did this was new, and did not understand that Friday night (the night that was finishing) the hotel was at 100% occupancy.  The following night (day i was checking in) the hotel had only 80% occupancy, so there were many rooms to accommodate a very early check in time.

The young clerk could see that i was tired, and had traveled a long way.  He told me not to worry, and that he would find me an alternative solution.  After a few minutes, he presented me with three potential ideas.

1.) There was a hotel down the street that i could stay at.  The rate for the next 5 hours would be $275.00 USD.  I quickly turned down this offer.

2.) The second choice was to stay at their sister hotel for free (since it was their mistake).  The only problem with this option was that the hotel was on the other side of the river, and all of the drawbridges w
ere up.  The earliest I could get to the other hotel was 6am.  I turned down this option.

3.)  The third option, “is free”.  There was a couch in the corner of the lobby, he offered to w
atch my bag while i slept in the lobby.  I was so tired, that i didn’t care where i slept.  I figured it was free, and safe, as there was a security guard stationed just 5 minutes from the couch.

I went over to the couch, took out my blanket, put on my eye mask, hugged my leather bag with all my personal items, and fell asleep.

About an hour later, the front desk man came over and began to shake me.  “Mr. John.  There is a room available if you would like”.  I shot right up, grabbed the key from his hand, and ran up to my room.  The door was not even shut before my clothes were off, and i jumped into bed.  I set my alarm, and was off to sleep.

The next morning, we were presented with two coupons for free breakfast.  This was a nice touch.

I love the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel.  The staff has always been friendly, helpful, and try to do the best they can.  The location is great, and the price is awesome.  This is one of the best hotels for the money in Saint Petersburg.  The rooms are clean, modern, and fresh.  Bathrooms are nice, but i hate the showers. I understand that these are common for Europe, but it’s tough for me to get used to them.

In short, if you find yourself in Saint Petersburg, you should pay a visit to the Park Inn by Radisson on Nevsky.