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UTair's B-737/800 airplane inverts the route and lands in emergency in Moscow

Moscow, Russia - Due to the supposed technical problems signalled by the instrumentation on board. But passengers report lightning and strong bangs on the fuselage

The pilot of another B-737/800 airplane yesterday -the same model of the Rostov tragedy that last Saturday (March 19) has provoked the death of 62 people on board on the 981 flight of Flydubai (see for details AVIONEWS)- served by the Russian carrier UTair, took off from Moscow-Vnukovo airport with 112 passengers on board to Surgut (Western Siberia), has been forced to about turn and luckily the landing at the departing airport has not had consequences. After the disembarking different declarations by the passengers, all agreed to report about two strong bangs under one of the wing with two lightnings (as two flashes) at around half an hour from the taking-off. Violent to provoke panic, inducing some of them to use sedative medicines. Also because "None explained what was happening". The aircraft has put again the wheels on the Moscow's runway around at 11:30 (local hour) due to the supposed technical problems signalled by the instrumentation on board, the captain reported.

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