Update: Ural Airlines Plans To Fly A320 Out Of Field!

By Spyros Georgilidakis | September 17, 2023

It now appears that Ural Airlines is preparing to fly an Airbus A320 out of the field where its crew landed it, during a recent emergency.

We covered this accident shortly after it happened, on Tuesday the 12th of September. Ural Airlines flight U6-1383 should have landed in Omsk (UNOO), having departed from Sochi (URSS) in Russia.

Update: Ural Airlines Plans To Fly A320 Out Of Field!
Photo (upscaled): Siberian Transport Prosecutor’s Office

Initially, the information we had was that the flight went around during its final approach into Omsk, because of a hydraulic issue. It now seems that this was inaccurate. The airline and Russian authorities now say that the crew abandoned their approach because of bad weather in Omsk.

Then, the green hydraulic system failed when the pilots retracted their landing gear, AFTER going around. But this still doesn’t explain how the Ural Airlines A320 ended up in a field. However, it appears that the landing gear didn’t retract fully, and/or that the gear doors remained open.

The aircraft with its previous registration. Photo: kitmasterbloke, CC BY 2.0

Ural Airlines A320 Makes It To A Field

What the flight crew knew was that their nose gear doors were open. But they still believed that they had enough fuel to make it to Novosibirsk (UNNT), 320 nautical miles east of Omsk. The flight’s captain later stated that they should have had 1,200 kg of fuel remaining after landing.

The Ural A320 crew started looking for a field immediately when they saw their fuel situation deteriorating rapidly. It is still not clear how the aircraft’s fuel status surprised them. But the Ural crew still had fuel in their A320 when they selected a field and landed.

Update: Ural Airlines Plans To Fly A320 Out Of Field!
Image (upscaled): Siberian Transport Prosecutor’s Office

They had five minutes or approximately 200 kg of fuel remaining after landing, according to the airline. There was minimal damage to the aircraft. And Aviation Herald now reports that Ural Airlines seems to be preparing its A320 for takeoff, out of the field.

The airline’s crew has cleaned the aircraft, they have removed or stowed its emergency slides, and serviced its engines. The Ural crew also had to dig the landing gear of the A320 out of the trenches it opened in the field.

Update: Ural Airlines Plans To Fly A320 Out Of Field!
Photo (upscaled): Siberian Transport Prosecutor’s Office

How? Where?

It is not clear if the airline intends for the plane to take off from the field itself, or a nearby road. However, there don’t seem to be any wide roads nearby. The closest airport appears to be Novosibirsk, just under 100 nautical miles away.

As we mentioned previously, this A320 is not the first Ural aircraft whose crew had to land in a field. The previous such incident happened in 2019, involving an Airbus A321. That aircraft flew into birds during its takeoff rotation.

The accident aircraft with its previous registration. Photo: Anna Zvereva, CC BY-SA 2.0

But that A321 didn’t fly out of the cornfield that its captain landed it in. Instead, ground crews broke it down for scrap, where it stood. Now, the apparent intention of Ural Airlines to get its A320 out of that field probably says something about the limited options that Russian airlines have today, regarding the sourcing of aircraft.

Before Russia’s latest invasion of Ukraine, this Airbus A320 belonged to lessor SMBC Aviation Capital. It was one of hundreds of airliners that Russia effectively stole, refusing to return them to their owners. Purchasing more Western aircraft, from legitimate sources, seems quite unlikely at the moment.

Source: Aviation Herald


  • In the instance of TACA 110, they taxied the aircraft off the levee to nearby to Saturn Boulevard–which used to be a runway when the Michoud plant manufactured planes during WWII–and took off from there.

    Hydraulic issues, landing gear issues (maybe related to the hydraulic problems?), maybe issues with measuring the fuel — not sure just how good the actual condition of the aircraft is, even if they’ve cleaned off all the dirt. I expect we will be seeing more of these incidents in Russia as the lack of spare parts and access to MRO facilities cause the state of Russian airlines’ planes to deteriorate.

  • Claes Eriksson

    In theory you could wait until the ground freeze and test its load capability, then fuel up minimum. use max allowed aft c.g. and start in alternate mode in full N1 speed on both engines.

  • Stewart Paling

    It’ll be easier to break down for parts if it’s already in pieces.

  • KHB AutoGarage

    I told you, it was diverted and ran out of fuel, do you know how many warning appears on ECAM if A320 has only less than 2000kgs fuel in tank? I experienced it once.. 😁😁😁😁

  • TACA Airlines Flight 110 in 1988 flew from El Salvador to Belize and on to New Orleans. They lost their engines and were not able to make it to an airport. They were going to ditch, but ultimately made an emergency landing on a levee. It so happened to be on the grounds of NASA’s Michoud Facility where they built Saturn V Rockets and the Shuttle’s External Tank. After the successful emergency landing and repairs were made, it eventually took off once again successfully and returned to service for TACA, changed hands a few times and remained in service with Southwest Airlines until they retired it in 2016 when it phased out the 737-300s in 2016/17. I foresee a similar action with this Ural Airlines A320. If it is able to be repaired, it will still have a useful service life ahead of it. It is a perfectly good plane, it just needs some repairs.

  • I bet they will make a Flex T-OFF

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