Jet Makes Emergency Landing

From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Date:         09 May 94 15:34:16 
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	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.

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