Earlier today, a Ural Airlines Airbus A320 between Moscow and Makhachkala declared an emergency, prompting a diversion to Volgograd.
Ural Airlines A320 Moscow-Makhachkala Declares Emergency…
Ural Airlines flight U6161 is a routine scheduled flight between Moscow and Makhachkala, with the affected rotation being operated by RA-73833.
As per data from Planespotters.net, RA-73833 is a 19.1 year old Airbus A320-200 that started out life with Air Arabia back in January 2005.
By March 2013, the aircraft was handed over to Ural Airlines as VP-BMT, before being re-registered to RA-73833 back in March 2022.
Of the A320-200 variant, the Russian carrier has 23 of them, of which 20 are in active service and three are parked, with the average fleet age of that variant being at 18.2 years.
U6161 departed Moscow at 0955 local time this morning and proceeded southbound in the direction of Makhachkala.
Upon passing the halfway mark in the flight, the aircraft declared an emergency and proceeded to make an emergency descent.
The aircraft then landed safely into Volgograd at 1154 local time. With the patchy ADS-B signal in the region, it is unclear whether the aircraft has since departed again to continue on to Makhachkala.
On top of this, we do not know the cause of the emergency at this stage, and information will no doubt be limited until we hear any information from the regulators in Russia.
As soon as we have more information pertinent to this, then we will update this article accordingly. Therefore, this story remains a developing one.
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