Yakutia’s SSJ100 slides at runway in Yakutsk Airport after damage of main landing gear

SSJ100 YakitiaAircraft Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B of Yakutia Airlines suffered a collapse of the main landing gear during landing at Yakutsk Airport, Russia. The airplane, carrying 96 passengers and crew on board, touched down on runway 23L following an NDB approach, but failed to failed to stop on the icy runway and overran onto the area that was under reconstruction. This caused damage of the main landing gear, damage to the forward fuselage, separation of both main landing gear bogies and a fuel tank leak.

Fortunately no fatalities or serious injuries were reported during the accident. All the people were evacuated by the rescuers from the damaged aircraft and transported to the airport.

The aircraft Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B of Yakutia Airlines was performing flight 414 from Ulan-Ude Airport to Yakutsk Airport.

Yakutsk Airport’s runway 05R threshold was displaced by 1150 meters due to reconstruction. Runway 23L was available for landing only with a Landing Distance Available (LDA) of 2248 m. Additionaly, the touchdown zone lights of runway 23L and runway centreline lights were unserviceable.

After the incident, Yakutsk Airport was closed for several hours, with at least three flights forced to divert to alternative airfields, and several outbound flights delayed.

The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is a fly-by-wire twin-engine regional jet with 8 (VIP) to 108 (all economy) passenger seats. With development initiated in 2000, the airliner was designed and spearheaded by Sukhoi, a division of the United Aircraft Corporation, in co-operation with several foreign partners.