Volga-Dnepr Airlines has announced the temporary suspension of its An-124-100(-150) commercial operations as of November 25, 2020 until the investigation completion and identification of causes of aviation incident occurred in Tolmachevo airport (Novosibirsk).
On the 13th of November 2020 soon after take off the airplane suffered the uncontained engine fan disk failure of series D-18T which resulted in engine failure and the loss of control systems. Carrying 84 tons of cargo with full fuel tanks, suffering engine failure and loss of control elements, the crew managed to avert the disaster, make a 180-degree turn back to the airport, land and keep the plane on the runway, skidding off the runway.
Following the incident, the Federal Agency for Air Transport has set up a commission, including Volga-Dnepr specialists, who are identifying the causes.
Volga-Dnepr Airlines acknowledges understanding from its customers and partners and takes all the actions to fulfill contractual obligations and resume safe commercial operations onboard An-124-100(-150).