Alarming engine fire hits plane carrying oil workers as passenger films the emergency

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All on board safe after An-148 jet returns to Talakan Airport soon after takeoff.

‘I thought I was an atheist, and then I just started praying’. Picture: Anatoly Annaev

The nightmare scene was shot by a passenger on the Angara Airlines flight from Talakan to Irkutsk. The right side engine on aircraft is seen with flames shooting out of it.

A passenger said: ‘I thought I was an atheist, and then I just started praying’.

On board were oil workers from the Talakan oil field in Yakutia, also called the Sakha Republic.

Burning engine


Burning engine

The nightmare scene was shot by a passenger on the Angara Airlines flight from Talakan to Irkutsk. Pictures: Anatoly Annaev

The plane too off without incident from Talakan airport, the first and only aerodrome in Russian built solely by a private company Surgutneftegaz.

It was bound for Irkutsk when passengers noticed the engine was on fire.

The pilot requested to return to the airport, and made a successful emergency landing.

Talakan airport

Talakan airport, the first and only aerodrome in Russian built solely by a private company. Picture: Esosedi

An investigation has been opened into the failure of the engine on the Antonov plane which can seat up to 85 passengers.

The high-wing monoplane has a maximum range of 4,400 km (2,700 miles).

Passengers from the stricken plane were flown to Irkutsk later the same day in a back-up aircraft.

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