A Russian passenger plane carrying Peruvian football fans from the World Cup city of Ekaterinburg landed safely on Friday after an engine fault caused the cabin to fill with smoke.
According to a statement by the Russia’s air transport regulator, Rosaviatsiya, on Saturday, the plane was heading to Tyumen in Siberia when the failure occurred.
It said that a Utair plane which was carrying Peruvian fans back to Moscow via Tyumen had suffered engine failure.
They were returning after watching their national side lose 1-0 to France in Ekaterinburg.
“During the landing approach there was a failure in the second turboprop engine,” the agency explained.
“As a result of the abnormal engine activity, smoke from overheated oil got into the passenger cabin of the aircraft through the air-conditioning system.”
Rosaviatsiya added that the smoke soon cleared from the cabin and that the pilot was able to safely land the plane on one engine.
A spokeswoman for Utair said media reports about a fire breaking out on the plane were incorrect.
“The crew acted as instructed and landed the aircraft as usual.
“The plane taxied in independently, the passengers left via the stairs without using the emergency equipment”.