Russia opens criminal investigation of Red Wings engine fire
Following the incident with Red Wings commercial jet Tu-204, which caught engine fire en route from Ufa (UFA) to Sochi (AER) on August, 22, 2018, a criminal case was initiated by the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation.
On August, 22, 2018, Red Wings Flight WZ-808 was attempting a take-off from Ufa, when its left engine caught fire. Pilot of the aircraft made a decision to abort the take-off, after he noticed the first signs of the plane’s technical malfunction. With more than 200 passengers on board the aircraft had to make an emergency landing at Ufa airport. Passengers and crew were not injured.
Later that day Red Wings reported the passengers of a night flight were safely transported to the airport in Sochi. "The flight was performed by a reserve Tu-204 aircraft, which was sent to Ufa from the Domodedovo airport (DME) after a night incident, "- the company commented.
Right after the incident Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) established a special Commision to investigate the reasons of WZ-808 flight engine fire, opening a criminal case on the safety rules and operation of air transport violation.
"According to the main version of the investigation, the cause of the incident was a technical malfunction of the aircraft," Investigative Committee of Russia commented to local media Interfax. Investigation continues.