RA-64518 preparing for the long journey to Komsomolsk-na-Amure on the ramp at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter
Preface: As I was stepping off my flight onto a hard stand at Domodedovo, I learned that Aeroflot was purchasing Transaero. What that will mean for Transaero is unclear at this time. What I can assume, however, is that Aeroflot’s dislike of oddball fleet types puts Transaero’s three Tupolev Tu-214s in extreme danger and that makes me sad. It also made the fact that I have now flown on a Tu-214 that much more important. The things that I had to do to get that flight — they might cause the standard AvGeek to go mad!
This is the Boeing 737-500 (VQ-BBN) involved in the flight 363 crash. Image: Osdu / Flickr
Earlier today, a Tatarstan Airlines’ Boeing 737-500 (reg VQ-BBN) crashed in the city of Kazan, killing all on-board. Flight 363, which took off from Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport (DME) and was heading to Kazan International Airport (KZN), had 44 passengers and six flight crew.
A Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a release that the plane, “hit the runway and burst into flames.” The aircraft aborted one landing attempt and then crashed during the second. At this time, it is unknown what caused the crash and why the first landing attempt was aborted.