BREAKING NEWS! A Smartwings Boeing 737-900 has skidded off of the Runway in Moscow.

Russian investigators have begun to investigate an incident at Moscow Sheremetyevo airport during which a Smartwings Boeing 737 veered off the runway whilst trying to take-off.

The aircraft had been operating flight QS1003 to Prague when the incident occurred at 14:16 pm on 13 January.

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Runway 24C was temporarily closed and departing flights were transferred to the southern parallel runway 24L. Runway 24C has since reopened.

None of the 40 passengers and seven crew members was injured, says a spokesperson for the Airport.

Russian media are reporting, in part quoting the same spokesman by the airport who released the official airport’s statement summarized above, that the aircraft was departing and had rolled for 300 meters before exiting the runway.

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Whilst the airport has experienced snowfall in recent days, the visibility and weather conditions at the time of the incident were good.

“Rescue operations are over, the aircraft of the Czech air carrier Smart Wings has been evacuated. Runway number 1 is open for takeoff and landings. The Sheremetyevo airport is operating routinely,” she said.

The aircraft was towed off the runway and to the apron about 2:15 hours later.

The aircraft believed to be involved was a 737-900ER (OK-TSM), a 12-year old airframe originally delivered to SpiceJet.

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Investigators have yet to determine the circumstances of the event. Possible explanations are a Burst Tire or Runway Debris.

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