Horrific moment plane steps collapse sending six passengers plunging 12ft onto the tarmac below

THIS is the horrific moment the steps of a plane suddenly collapse – with six passengers plunging about 12 ft to the tarmac below.

The passengers were boarding a flight from the Siberian city of Barnaul to Moscow earlier today when the accident happened.

The passengers were on their way to Moscow when the accident happened
IC Russia/The Siberian Times

A CCTV camera showed the moment the Ural Airlines travellers fell to the ground due to a “hidden fault” in temperatures of around -15C.

Three of the six were rushed to hospital after the Airbus A320 nightmare, said airport officials.

One has a suspected broken leg and another a back injury.

“They all fell at once, it was like watching a computer game,” said a passenger.

“I was about to go up the steps when it happened.

“I was the first who ran to help.”

One man had broken his leg, and others were injured but it was not immediately clear how badly, he said.

“A young woman was lucky as she wasn’t injured at all, she just got a shock,” he said.

“We all got quite a fright.”

They all fell at once, it was like watching a computer game

Passenger on the Ural Airlines flight to Moscow

Passengers and airport staff rushed to help those who fell.

The victims were the only passengers on the steps when it the collapse happened – the rest were queuing on the tarmac.

A Barnaul airport representative said the accident was due to a “hidden fault” on the steps which was “impossible to detect” during the regular pre-flight check.

But Western Siberia Transport Prosecutor’s official Oksana Gorbunova said inspectors were now working at the airport examining what went wrong.

The flight left for Moscow after a delay of several hours.

The airline insisted the steps were provided by the airport and it would not compensate the injured passengers.

Confirming the accident, Ural Airlines said it did not bear responsibility.

“The airport equipment is the airport’s responsibility,” said the airline’s press secretary.

A second video from the Russian Investigative Committee showed new steps being taken to the plane ahead of the delayed departure as checks were made on the cause of the accident.

The airline claimed the steps collapsed due to a ‘hidden fault’
IC Russia/The Siberian Times
Passengers and staff rushed to help the injured
IC Russia/The Siberian Times
Passengers were boarding the Airbus A320 when the accident happened
IC Russia/The Siberian Times
It’s believed one man broke his leg in the fall
IC Russia/The Siberian Times
The accident happened at Barnaul airport in Siberia
Slava Stepanov

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