Some 1,500 travelers stuck at Kaliningrad airport after plane incident

Some 1,500 travelers stuck at Kaliningrad airport after plane incident

About 1,500 travelers are stuck at the airport in the western Russian exclave of Kaliningrad after a passenger jet operated by the national carrier Aeroflot skidded off a runway, a spokesman for Khrabrovo airport told TASS on Jan. 4.

"Nine flights are being delayed as the airport is closed at least until 6 p.m. local time (4 p.m. GMT)," the spokesman said. "About 1,500 people can be waiting at the airport."

He said all of them had been served food and drinks.

Aeroflot’s Airbus A-320 en route from Moscow overshot the runway by five meters after landing at Khrabrovo airport in a snowstorm on Tuesday night. The airport has been closed after the incident.

The plane carried 167 passengers and five crew members. No one was seriously injured as a result of the incident.

A source at Khrabrovo told TASS earlier that the airport had no special equipment to remove the plane from the runway.

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal probe into the incident.

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