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 This is the plane that crashed near the North Pole

The airplane after the crash landing. FOTO: Private

This is the plane that crashed near the North Pole

Is reportedly repaired and ready to go after breakdown.

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19.04.2015 kl 11:04

The Russian Antonov An-74 200 aircraft suffered major damage while landing with tourists on April 4 at the Barneo ice camp near the North Pole. Nobody was injured in the incident. 

The plane is still at the site, but the damage has reportedly been repaired, said Margarita Tertitskaya, an a member of the Russian company Polar Expedition, which guide tourists on expeditions to the top of the world.

"The plane is fixed and ready to take off," she said. "Now we are just waiting on the test pilots who can give it its wings. They will go to Barneo soon. There they will make a decision about whether it should be flown directly to Moscow or whether it will land somewhere else first."

It is not clear when the departure will happen, but the intent is for the flight crew to be in place within a few days, Tertitskaya said.

Pictures obtained by Svalbardposten show extensive damage to the hull and landing gear. The reason for the hard landing is not known, but passengers have told Svalbardposten there was poor visibility.

Further information about the course of events, conditions during landing and the extent of damage is not yet known.

Barneo is a Russian ice base built in April each year at about 89 degrees north. Besides a camp, the site includes a runway capable of accommodating Antonov aircraft and helicopters. In recent years, there have been tourist flights to the camp.

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