It was an unbelievable luck that on Septermber 7th, 2010, the crew of the plane carrying 72 passengers on board, managed to make an emergency landing on an abandoned runway near Izhma Village. Since then, the lucky Tu-154 has been called ‘a miracle of Izhma’.
The company ‘ALROSA’, the second largest dimond-mining company in the world, which owns the plane, did not leave it in taiga but spent over 20 million rubles (65o thousand dollars) to restore it and make ‘the lucky aircraft’ fly again.
The next day after the landing, they cut the surrounding trees down and built a small house.
This plane’s really lucky! Near the road on the left, there is a gully and if the plane rolled several more meters…
The plane’s left gear touched the bushes and left a trace.
It looks like blood but it’s not. It’s fluid which flew out of the seriously damaged wheels.
A passenger compartment.
SU #2 is Ok.
The one responsible.
As far as you can see, the plane suffered little damage. So, an unprecedented decision has been made – to restore the plane and make it fly again. Many people did not believe in success, but on March, 23rd, the aircraft commander and his crew came to Izhma to take off the plane.
‘Izhma’ ‘five-star’ hotel.
The commander was in a good mood before the takeoff.
In the hotel somebody glued a Tu-154 to the picture of the village.
On March, 24th the people of the whole country were sitting in front of their tvs waiting.
They covered the plane with defroster.
A memorable photo.
A call home before the takeoff.
A preflight meeting.
Ruben Esaryan is ready for the flight!
They exchanged their pens.
They’ve started the engines.
The takeoff run…
They’ve gone it! It is flying!
A good-bye fly over Izhma.
Now its destination is Ukhta.
These guys could have stayed home.