MIAMI — During the early hours of August 22, the left engine of a Red Wings Tupolev TU204 (RA-64050) caught fire in-flight, forcing the plane to perform an emergency landing at UFA International Airport.
The aircraft was operating flight WZ808 between UFA and Sochi with 202 passengers and crew on board.
The impressive incident was captured by a passenger through a mobile device.
According to local media, the TU204 had suffered an ignition problem at 05:00 local time, causing the left engine to spark flames and subsequently catch fire mid-air, prompting the immediate return to UFA. The Pilots declared an emergency.
Local press reports that the airport’s emergency services were able to evacuate all passengers off the aircraft and extinguish the flames.
UFA Airport confirms there were no casualties.
The airport also notes that Red Wings was working to ensure that all passengers reach their destination through other flights.
The nine-year-old TU204 has been withdrawn from service while a full investigation is carried out.
All flights to/from UFA International are operating as normal, after the incident.
RA-64050 was delivered to Red Wings in March 2009. The
The average fleet age of Red Wings’ fleet is 15.5 years, with eight Tupolev TU-204s, eight Airbus A321s, and four A320s.
FlightRadar24 data shows that Red Wings has managed to source a replacement aircraft, another TU204 (RA-64017) to operate the flight.
The replacement flight departed UFA International at 11:20 LT, landing in Sochi about three hours later.
The last major TU-204 incident under Red Wings’ fleet was in December 2012 when flight WZ9268 overran the runway at Moscow-Vnukovo Airport after landing from Pardubice Airport in the Czech Republic. Five crewmembers were killed in the incident.