Koltsovo Airport Worker Injured in Ural A320 Ground Incident

Screenshot of Koltsovo Airport worker hit by taxiing Ural Airlines A320
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On 19 May 2024, a serious incident occurred at Koltsovo International Airport (SVX) involving a Ural Airlines Airbus A320 aircraft.

The incident involving a ground handler occurred during pushback operations.

The A320 had just begun to taxi after the pushback procedure. At the same time, an airport ground worker was still under the nose of the moving aircraft.

The sole ground crew member appears to have still been completing pre-taxi checks in front of the aircraft. Positioned in front of the nosegear of the aircraft, he was not visible from the flightdeck.

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As a result, the ground worker was struck by the taxiing aircraft and is reported to have sustained serious injuries. It is understood that the injured worker was then transported to a hospital for treatment.

The Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the premature taxi by the Ural Airlines flight.

Koltsovo: Main Ural Airlines Hub

Koltsovo International Airport, also known as Yekaterinburg Airport (SVX), is the primary air gateway serving the city of Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Located approximately 16 kilometers southeast of the city center, Koltsovo is the largest airport in the Sverdlovsk Oblast region. It also serves nearby towns like Aramil, Sysert, and Polevskoy.

Koltsovo boasts a significant role within the Russian air transport network. It’s a major hub for Ural Airlines, and handles a considerable volume of both domestic and international passenger traffic.

Ural Airlines (U6) is a prominent Russian airline headquartered in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Founded in 1943, it boasts a long history in Russian aviation.

Fedor Leukhin, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Initially established as part of Aeroflot, the Soviet state airline, Ural Airlines became an independent company in 1993.

Today, Ural Airlines is a major player in the Russian air travel market. With its main hub at Koltsovo International Airport (SVX), it operates a comprehensive network of scheduled and chartered domestic and international flights.

The airline serves over 40 destinations across 29 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

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