Last updated: 03:29 PM ET, Thu February 16 2017

Engine Failure Leads to Worst Layover Ever, in Siberia

Impacting Travel Donald Wood February 16, 2017

Engine Failure Leads to Worst Layover Ever, in Siberia

PHOTO: Rural Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia. (photo via Flickr/Ninara)

On Tuesday, a China Eastern Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in rural Siberia after one of the plane’s engines failed.

According to Shanghai Daily, China Eastern Airlines Flight MU552 was en route from London’s Heathrow Airport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport in China when the pilot reported one of the plane’s engines had failed.

The pilot was forced to call for an emergency landing at Yemelyanovo International Airport in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, at around 11 a.m. local time. A spokesperson for Yemelyanovo airport said the Airbus 330 and its 186 passengers and 17 crew members onboard landed safely.

Due to a technical failure in one of the plane’s engines, officials from China Eastern Airlines sent another aircraft to the Siberian airport to transport the passengers to their final destination in Pudong.

The official Twitter account of posted an imaged of the plane landing at a remote airport in Siberia:

China Eastern Airlines issued a formal apology to passengers for the inconvenience after they were forced to spend about 15 hours at the Siberian airport during the winter.

Following the plane’s safe landing, a formal investigation into the failure of the engine was launched.