Watch: Soviet-era passenger plane suffers catastrophic damage in flight

Passengers seated on a Soviet-era Russian plane got far more than they bargained for when the rear door of their plane popped open.

The interior of the plane, an An-26 flown by IrAero, was filmed by one of the 25 passengers exposed to the winter air on the flight from Magan in eastern Siberia to Magadan on Russia’s Pacific coast, the agency said Daily Mail.

Hats and luggage were lost in flight after the disaster, some of which can be seen in the video below.

“Some people’s caps flew into the white void,” according to a Daily Mail report.


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According to the Daily Mail, this disaster happened in the coldest region on earth, and the helpless victims were exposed to around minus 42 degrees Fahrenheit.

The plane reportedly made a rapid descent and forced landing at Magan, and luckily all passengers on board survived.

An investigation into the incident has reportedly been launched.

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“A man who was sitting in the back of the plane was almost knocked out,” a passenger told East2West New York Post. “He had just unbuckled his seat belt.”

The man behind the camera, Sergei Lidrik, said: “The flight ended faster than expected – with the wrong result… People were shocked at first. …People got their hats blown off.”

Easy flying noted that since 2020 there have been four accidents and five incidents involving the An-26 – it is an extremely old aircraft with possible active aircraft aged between 37 and 52 years.

It was reportedly banned from South Sudan for a time due to several accidents that killed about 22 people.


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The less-than-modern An-26 is not primarily a civilian transport.

“Primarily a military transport and cargo aircraft, the turboprop has seen some service in commercial passenger operations in the former Soviet Union and developing countries due to its lower operating costs,” explained Simple Flying. Watch: Soviet-era passenger plane suffers catastrophic damage in flight

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