A Boeing 737-800 of Russian airline UTAir, registered VQ-BJI, was carrying out flight UT-579 on August 31, 2018, between Vnukovo International Airport (VKO) in Moscow, Russia and Sochi International Airport (AER), Russia with 164 passengers and 6 crew members on board when it exceeded the end of a runway upon landing, and stopped in a riverbed.

The plane was evacuated using emergency slides. 18 occupants were injured, of which eight were taken to a hospital. An airport employee died during rescue operation, apparently from a heart attack.

The aircraft sustained damages beyond repair, with the landing gear and wings collapsed. The left CFM56 engine of the aircraft caught fire. It was eventually extinguished by Sochi airport emergency services.



According to state media Russia Today, the plane attempted to land twice, as weather conditions at that time were reported as “dangerous”, with heavy rain and wind. About twenty flights at Sochi airport were delayed because of the incident.

The Interstate Aviation Committee started investigating the accident after it received the black boxes in “satisfactory conditions”, reports Russian agency TASS.