The brakes on the Ural Airlines A320 malfunctioned while it was on the runway at Irkutsk Airport. The plane stayed on the runway for about 12 hours. A number of flights were diverted after the incident.
There were 86 passengers and six crew members on the plane. Everyone on the plane disembarked via stairs on the runway.
The main landing gear of the plane blew out. The crew was able to fix the problem by turning the brakes on and off again. They were unsuccessful in their attempts. Smoke and sparks were seen coming from the landing gear.
The destruction of the pneumatic landing gear was reported by the Russian state press agency. The pneumatic landing gear of the plane was destroyed.
It is not clear when the aircraft will return to service given that it will not be possible to find parts to repair the landing gear as Russian airlines suffer from a lack of supplies for Western aircraft. All major aircraft manufacturers have stopped doing business in Russia since Russia invaded Ukraine. Almost two-thirds of the Russian fleet is occupied by Boeing and Airbus.
The A320 was stuck on the runway until the morning of November 3. Several flights were diverted to other airports after the incident. The crew and passengers are being questioned. According to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, an investigation has been initiated by the Eastern Inter regional Transport Investigation Department.