UTair flight UT579 overruns the runway at Sochi

UTair flight UT 579 from Moscow (Vnukovo) to Sochi with 164 passengers and six crew members, overran the runway on landing at Sochi. The left engine of Boeing 737-800 VQ-BJI caught on fire. The aircraft sustained significant damage and is probably an insurance write off.

All occupants were able to evacuate safely from the aircraft but 18 people reportedly received some injuries.

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The airline issued this statement on social media (translated from Russian):

The Boeing 737-800 aircraft with the flight number UT579 Moscow – Sochi, after landing has gone beyond the runway. The aircraft went into the direction of the river, resulting in the collapse of the chassis and wing struts, the ignition of the left engine occurred.

There were 164 passengers and 6 crew members on board. The fire units of Sochi Airport have extinguished the fire, people have been evacuated. No casualties. The airline and aviation authorities have begun to investigate the causes of the incident.