According to emergency services, the Boeing 737-500 (reg. VQ-BPS) en route to Usinsk Airport from Moscow “hit the runway with its tail”, the 94 people on board were unharmed.
Later a Utair press release states that a “sharp, unpredictable windshear” occurred during the landing, and that the landing-gear collapsed while the aircraft was on the runway.
“Owing to the prompt and highly professional actions of the crew, the aircraft was able to be kept on the runway until it stopped completely,” the airline says.
The crew was “experienced”, with the captain having logged 6,900 hours on type and the first officer 3,600h. Ninety-four passengers were on board, one of whom sought medical attention for a minor injury.
“Utair specialists have flown to Usinsk to analyse flight information and determine the causes of what happened,” the carrier says.