The rear door of a Russian plane opened mid-flight and sucked luggage of the passengers into the void, New York Post reported, as passengers aboard feared for their lives. The incident took place on an An-26 twin prop plane which belongs to IrAero. When, the aircraft took off in minus 41 degrees temperature from the Siberian city of Magan en route to Magadan on Russia’s Pacific coast, the door of the plane opened mid-air.
The plane was carrying around 25 people including six crew members. A video shared by one of the passengers showed the open rear door on the plane as a curtain by the open door flapped behind him.
Watch the video below:
None of the passengers were hurt following the incident. The cabin was then re-pressurised as the plane circled back, successfully landing again in Magan.
Carrier IrAero informed that the opening of the charter flight door occurred at an altitude of 2800-2900 metres. The video of the incident was also shared by Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs.
“A hatch of the Russian AN-26-100 plane flying to Magadan opened right in the sky. 25 people were on board. The pilots began landing right away. A new name of Russian roulette – “Russian plane”?” he wrote.