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?