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 the airplane move 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 when the plane literally got frozen to the ground. It was minus 61 degrees Fahrenheit outside and the passengers seemed desperate to get home.

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

Russian authorities, however, weren't amused by the incident, and prosecutors launched an investigation 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," Oksana Gorbunova, senior adviser to the West Siberian transportation prosecutor, told the Tass news agency.

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 (14)
  • r2000soccer
    12/02/2014 - 08:39 a.m.

    The passengers try to help but It would be funny if it didn't pose a horrendous threat. People could have damaged the aircraft skin and the flaps.

  • tw2001marvel
    12/02/2014 - 01:02 p.m.

    Their help would've caused a problem in multiple ways. Yes it was kind of them to help but what would happen if the plane did something unexpectedly. Help is nice of course but the people who helped pushed the plane would've got seriously injured in the process of pushing the planes wings or the wings could of course get damaged by their efforts.

  • DD2000BASEBALL
    12/02/2014 - 01:04 p.m.

    There was a problem because the Russian authorities said that the passengers could have damaged the plane's skin and flaps. Also, it was a safety percussion.

  • ARany-Cas
    12/02/2014 - 03:10 p.m.

    It's really crazy that an airplane got stuck and wont move. It's nice of the people that they wanted to help but it could've also be dangerous someone could of got hurt. It's really crazy that the temperature was -61.

  • ljordan-Cla
    12/03/2014 - 11:57 a.m.

    thats crazy yu wouldnt catch me puching no plane because they wouldnt get no where and it prolly would be to heavy for ppl and they could get hurt

  • jschmidt-Cla
    12/03/2014 - 01:24 p.m.

    It is great for citizens to help but, this could also have caused problems. The passengers may have also damaged parts of the plane like the aircraft's skin and flaps.

  • tzavetsky-Cla
    12/03/2014 - 01:39 p.m.

    Why is the plane even on the runway, if it can't even move itself from the docking bridge to the take-off zone? Is that even allowed ? I'd say i was cheated out of a ride, mainly because I had to help push a plane, and practically payed an arm and a leg. How could I push after losing a arm and a leg?

  • jonahh-Koc
    12/08/2014 - 12:16 a.m.

    Trying to help the plane had good intentions but it is a safety issue. The people could have damaged something on the plane and not realized it till it was too late. Then it would have definitely been their fault and the airline would get blamed for allowing the people to do that to the aircraft. This is how it could have caused a major issue.

  • atayal-Orv
    12/10/2014 - 10:04 a.m.

    I'm so glad that no one got hurt because that can scare people. if i was one of them people i would have just found a warm place and relax.

  • TreyvaunT
    12/10/2014 - 06:12 p.m.

    I think that it was cool that people tried to help. I don't know why it is such a big deal if they were trying to move it. They just want to get home. I probably wouldn't of done it though, especially if it was negative 64 degrees outside.

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