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Pilot error has been blamed for a passenger plane that landed on a frozen river in Russia’s Far East.

A Polar Airlines flight from Yakutsk, the capital of the Sakha republic, landed on the River Kolyma by accident.

Luckily, not one of the 34 people on board were injured. This includes the four crew members.

The plane was meant to land in Zyryanka with a quick stop in another small town before returning to Yakutsk.

One of the passengers shared video footage on social media which showed the plane located almost in the centre of the frozen river. The area is known for extreme winter conditions where temperatures usually dip to minus 40 degrees Celsius.

Although the plane eventually stopped not far from land, a visible trail in the snow shows how long it took the plane to come to a standstill. It’s believed the plane landed on a sandbank in the river.

Image credit: Aviation Source

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