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An-124 makes emergency landing following uncontained engine failure

written by Hannah Dowling | November 16, 2020

A Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov An-124 was forced to make an emergency landing in Novosibirsk, Russia, shortly after take-off on Saturday morning, following what is believed to be an uncontained engine failure.

The aircraft, registration RA-82042, had 14 people and 84 tonnes of cargo on board, when it returned to Tolmachevo Airport in Novosibirsk shortly after departure.

Upon landing, the plane overshot the runway by around 200 metres with collapsed gear and was severely damaged. Luckily, no injuries were reported.

Witnesses on the ground reported sighting two of the four engines trailing smoke upon departure.

The incident resulted in a total loss of communication with the aircraft, and the loss of transponder signals.

Further, engine shrapnel from the damaged plane fell through the roof of a warehouse near the airport, also without causing any injuries.


According to The Aviation Herald, the aircraft suffered “substantial damage” to its wings and landing gear following its return to the ground, while its second engine was missing its engine inlet.

“The inboard left wing slats, as well as the left hand fuselage, were penetrated by debris at multiple locations near the wing root,” the Herald added.


A statement released by Volga-Dnepr said, “The plane was operating a charter flight from Seoul to Vienna with a tech stop in Novosibirsk with 84 tons of automotive spare parts. The airline’s technical support crew with essential equipment immediately flew to Novosibirsk to evaluate and rectify any consequences.”

Meanwhile, Igor Aksenov, general director of Volga-Dnepr, commented, “We are cooperating with the aviation authorities and Novosibirsk Airport with respect to this event and will thoroughly analyse the situation accordingly.”

West Siberia’s Transport Prosecution Office has reportedly opened an investigation into the accident.


  • Sorry to see ”82042” down like that, a fairly regular visitor to Perth. I have actually been on it, collecting the landing fees from the captain a few years ago. Glad no crew were injured.

  • AlanH


    Great effort by the flight crew to get it back onto terra firma with no loss of life. Massive engines failures of this magnitude are rare these days but they do happen (e.g. Qantas A380 Flight 32 out of Singapore in 2010) and flight crews need to be aware of them and what to do in such an emergency. It’s a great commendation for 4-engine propulsion in this era of 2-engine transports of both pax and freight!

  • Marum


    @ALANH….Know what you mean mate. Most of my overseas flying was hone on QANTAS 747s and before that on 707s. I would never feel happy on long ocean flights, on twin engine aircraft. That being said I was ha[[y to fly the 737 from Brissie to Fiji. But of course there were lots of places to divert to. If I remember correctly it was: Brissie – Vanawatu – Fiji; most of the time.

    I guess it is a sign of the times, but I for on would pay a premium to fly on a four engine aircraft to the USA or Europe. Conversely, my company would not allow its staff to fly on single engine aircraft anywhere in PNG. I don’t believe safety has a price.


  • Warwick


    Hello Marum….
    Your last sentence hit home for me! I travelled to TPNG in 1970, staying at WWK.
    My mother made me promise that I wouldn’t fly on a ‘single engined’ plane whilst there.
    I missed out on a trip up the Sepik because of that promise!
    But knowing my luck, if I’d broken my promise to Mum, something would’ve happened!!!

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