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.
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.
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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.