Passengers in Russia told to get out and PUSH their plane in minus 52C temperatures

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by stg58, Nov 26, 2014.


  1. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+ Founding Member

    Russia just created a new class of airline travel "pusher class".


    Maybe they should have read my post on testing low temp weapons lube. :):p

    "Problems developed on one of the coldest days of the year because 'the wrong kind of grease was used for the landing gear' - unsuitable for Far North locations, it was reported."
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    Passengers on a Russian plane disembarked in minus 52C to push their jet - after its brakes froze in the icy temperatures.

    The UTair aircraft 'literally froze on the ground at Igarka airport, above the Arctic Circle,' reported The Siberian Times.

    'Fearing the UTair service to regional capital Krasnoyarsk could be delayed, many of the 70 passengers used brute strength to free the 30 ton Tupolev 134.'

    The passengers pushed the plane's wings, freeing the frozen brakes, and moving it backwards.

    Problems developed on one of the coldest days of the year because 'the wrong kind of grease was used for the landing gear' - unsuitable for Far North locations, it was reported.

    Vladimir Artemenko, a director of Katekavia, which ran the flight jointly with UTair, claimed the Tu-134 was 'technically serviceable', but the chilly temperatures led it to freeze up.

    The airport tractor had failed to move the plane.

    'When people pushed the plane, the wheel cranked out, and then the aircraft could continue to move,' he said.




    Read more: Passengers PUSH their plane after its brakes froze in Russia | Daily Mail Online



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  2. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey Site Supporter+

    The world needs to think about this, and what the soviets did in WWII with little more than the backs of peasants. Much of it in sub zero temps.
     
  3. fmhuff

    fmhuff Monkey+++

    During the early days of the space program America spent millions of dollars developing a pen that would write in zero gravity. Russia, they just used a pencil. There's a certain genius in KISS.
     
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Gotta agree, but chasing pencil shavings around the capsule might have warranted a multi million dollar pencil sharpener to prevent that from happening.
     
  5. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    In this country they'd still be sitting in the plane texting.
     
  6. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    It ain't pencil shavings they refer to on NASA transmissions, when they say "the atmosphere is getting a bit thick up here"....Space Toilet Technique: NASA's How-To Video
     
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