From: kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz) Date: 09 May 94 15:34:16 Followups: 1
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[The following is reposted with permission from ClariNet. See end of message for details on ClariNet. Karl] ARKHANGELSK, Russia (AP) -- An Aeroflot jet carrying 62 people made an emergency landing in this Far North city on Saturday after the crew managed to replace missing hydraulic fluid with lemonade, a news report said. There were no injuries reported. But an airline duty officer said the Tupolev-134 suffered serious damage when it touched down without part of the landing gear in place. It was the latest embarrassment for Aeroflot, which has been struggling to salvage its reputation after two air disasters this year killed a total of 199 people and highlighted Russia's poor air-safety record. Flight 2315 from Moscow to Arkhangelsk on Saturday had 55 passengers and seven crew. As it prepared to land, two of the three sections of landing gear failed to come down because of a loss of hydraulic fluid, the ITAR-Tass news agency said. The report said that while the plane circled, the crew ``had to pour all the reserves of lemonade into the hydraulic system'' and managed to lower one more section of landing gear. Valentin Ignatiev, duty officer for Aeroflot in Moscow, said the plane ran off the runway and suffered wing damage. He could not confirm that lemonade was used in the hydraulic system. The airport in the White Sea city, about 620 miles north of Moscow, was closed for three hours. In January, 124 people died when an Aeroflot Tu-154 went down near Irkutsk. In March, 75 people were killed when an Airbus en route to Hong Kong crashed in Siberia. Government officials said cockpit recordings indicate a pilot's teen-age son had been at the controls. Last year, 11 Aeroflot planes crashed, killing 221 people. -- "Copyright 1994 by Reuters. Reposted with permission from the ClariNet Electronic Newspaper newsgroup clari.biz.industry.aviation. For more info on ClariNet, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-800-USE-NETS."