Pilot Describes Emergency Landing in Russia Which Saved All on Board: 'We Had a Job to Do'

The pilot of a plane that lost radar contact over Russia has described the dramatic moment when he realized that he had to conduct an emergency landing.

All 18 people on board the Antonov-28 aircraft belonging to Siberian Light Aviation (SiLA) survived the incident in what has been described as a "miracle."

There were fears for the worst after the plane lost contact after midday on Friday en route to the Siberian city of Tomsk from Kedrovye, a flight which had been delayed by 10 hours due to bad weather.

The pilots, named by media as Anatoly Prytkov and Farukh Khasanov, landed the plane in an open field near the village of Bakchar, about 100 miles from the intended destination.

All passengers and crew of An-28 plane that earlier crash landed in Tomsk region were safely evacuated; medics and psychologists are awaiting them at Tomsk airport. Hero captain Anatoly Prytkov, 56 landed the plane after its both engines failed soon after take off pic.twitter.com/x6AO1y210S

— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) July 16, 2021

The aircraft rolled and its nose was damaged but everyone walked free. Khasanov said that both engines failed after takeoff. "We had no time to think, we had a job to do. We're fine. Everyone is alive and well, which is the most important thing," he said according to Gazyeta.ru.

Prytkov suffered a broken leg and Tass reported on Saturday that he was being treated for a broken leg but would be able to fly again soon.

Meanwhile, most of the passengers only suffered from minor bruises and concussions and did not need hospitalization, the agency added.

Still images and video of the wreckage shared on social media and shown on Russian media outlets showed the plane flipped upside down with dirt inside the cabin and its nose destroyed.

After examining the images, pilot instructor Mikhail Adamyonok, praised the pilots, telling BFM.ru "it is clear that the guys did everything they could."

"It's a miracle that everyone survived," he added.

Those aboard are especially lucky considering the fate of the 28 aboard a different version of the Antonov plane in Russia's far east earlier this month.

All the passengers on that aircraft—an Antonov An-26—died after it crashed in the region of Kamchatka.

Antonov planes hail from the Soviet era but are still frequently used in the region for civilian and military transport. The An-28 involved in the latest crash is a twin-engine light turboprop plane that had reportedly passed safety checks.

A criminal investigation has been launched into whether safety rules were violated.

Meanwhile, the governor of the Tomsk region, Sergey Zhvachkin, noted just how close a shave it had been. "We all believed in a miracle, and thanks to the professionalism of the pilots, it came true, everyone is alive," he said.

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A stock image of the Tom river in Tomsk. An Antonov plane on its way to the city conducted an emergency landing after disappeared from radar while flying over the Siberian region.