Passenger plane carrying 174 skids off runway in heavy snow


Russian passenger plane Aeroflot Airlines A321 skids off runway at Kaliningrad airportTWITTER

CRASH LANDING: Russian passenger plane Aeroflot Airlines A321 skids off a runway at Kaliningrad

Three people were injured when Aeroflot Airlines flight A321 overshot the landing strip at Kaliningrad Airport in Russia.

The aircraft – from Moscow – finally came to rest in a snowy field about 150 metres beyond the end of the runway.

The seven crew members and 167 passengers onboard were forced to evacuate using emergency slides.

Firefighters rush to Aeroflot Airlines flight A321TWITTER

EMERGENCY: Firefighters around the stricken aircraft

The airport has been closed while authorities deal with the incident.

Aeroflot has blamed Khrabrovo airport for not clearing the runway of snow and ice.

The incident occurred at 8.55pm GMT (10.55pm local time).

It comes after a – killing everyone on board – on Christmas Day.

Kaliningrad is a small Russian exclave in Europe bordered by Lithuania and Poland.

The region has been at the centre of increasing tensions between Russia and the West, with Russian leader Vladimir Putin deploying nuclear-capable missiles there in November.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon pledged to send 150 troops to the Polish border with Kaliningrad, just 50 miles from where the missiles are deployed.

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