Passengers in Russia give a plane a push A Tupolev TU-134 passenger plane is parked on the tarmac of an airport (Reuters)
Passengers in Russia give a plane a push
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In other countries, you may be asked to give a push to a car stuck in the mud. In Russia, passengers in the Arctic came out of an airliner to the bitter cold to help move the airplane to the runway.

A Russian-made Tu-134 jet with 74 oil workers and seven crew members onboard was due to fly from the town of Igarka to Krasnoyarsk. That's when the plane literally got frozen to the ground. It was minus 61 degrees Fahrenheit outside. The passengers seemed desperate to get home.

Eager to help, several dozen men were filmed in an amateur video. They were pushing the plane by leaning on both wings.

Russian authorities, however, weren't amused. Prosecutors launched an investigation. They wanted to look into a possible breach of safety regulations.

"It would be funny if it didn't pose a horrendous threat. People could have damaged the aircraft skin and the flaps," said Oksana Gorbunova. She is senior adviser to the West Siberian transportation prosecutor.

Gorbunova said the passengers were asked to leave the plane when it got stuck. When a tractor began towing the airliner, some of the passengers left a bus and tried to help move it.

"The plane was towed, of course, because it would be physically impossible for people (to move it)," Gorbunova said.

Critical thinking challenge: The passengers meant well by trying to help. How could their help have caused a problem?

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COMMENTS (56)
  • SD2000green
    12/02/2014 - 08:38 a.m.

    The passenger were trying to help get the plane moving, but it could of made it worse. That is because where they were leaning on the part of the plane which could of damaged the aircraft skin and the flaps. Because of this, they could have delayed the takeoff of the plane or increase the chance of a plane crash.

  • SA2001orange
    12/02/2014 - 08:38 a.m.

    The people's help could have caused a problem because the aircraft skin and the flaps. They could have seriously damaged the plane so no one would be able to ride it.

  • R.A.Micheal
    12/02/2014 - 08:38 a.m.

    They could have damaged the skin of the aircraft and the flaps of the wings by putting pressure on them from an improper angle, could damage it.

  • hunterm-Day
    12/02/2014 - 10:22 a.m.

    I would pay money to see that. Would't the people get dirty from the wings. It makes me wonder how bad he wanted to get home.

  • JackR-5
    12/02/2014 - 12:16 p.m.

    A plane in Russia stuck in the snow. Many passengers tried to help push it. The owners of the company said that it would ruin the plans. They weren't happy. They ended up using a tow truck to tow it in the snow as people can't really push a plane. Passengers hopped out of the bus and helped push the plane. I think it is cool that passengers always try to help with everything. I don't think that the owner should have been mad, at least they tried to help.

  • JH2001skate
    12/02/2014 - 01:01 p.m.

    they could have damaged the plane. they could have torn the wing or damaged other parts of it.
    Also someone could have been injured by the propellers

  • GD2000marine
    12/02/2014 - 01:04 p.m.

    They would cause a problem because while they were pushing the jet airliner they could've damaged the planes wings, landing gear, and flaps, but this was an interesting story to read.

  • cade41
    12/02/2014 - 01:12 p.m.

    I think the plane could have been damaged because if they pushed too hard on the wings then the flaps that make it turn could brake and then they could have crashed.

  • JohnsonS-Tan
    12/02/2014 - 02:08 p.m.

    I think it's really cool how people were able to move the frozen airplane. I also think that the people posed a serious risk to the airplane's wings. If the people had ripped the covering on the wings the plane could have had serious technical problems. The people also posed a serious risk to there health. If they had fallen off of the wings they would have gotten seriously hurt or killed. It was nice of the people to try to help the plane but it would have been better if they would have left the plane be. The passengers risked their lives to help the plane so they could get home.

  • kevik-4
    12/02/2014 - 07:59 p.m.

    In this article it talks about people trying to push a airplane to get it up in the air. The people actually did not move it because it is physically impossible to move a large airplane a tractor actually did it but it was worth a try to move it. A prosecutors came and investigated the scene and she said it is possibly under safety regulations to do this. The reason that they attempted to push it is because the plain could not move because it was minus 61 degrees Fahrenheit outside so it was stuck on the ground. One risk that was taken when trying to move the airplane was that they could hurt the outside layer of the plain and the wings. I am surprised that people had the guts to go outside in minus 61 degrees Fahrenheit and do something physically impossible. I am also proud that those people tried that it was very unselfish move to do.

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