The nose gear of the aircraft had failed to lower. Ilyushin company press service says the aircraft was flown by the company’s test pilots.
According the press service no one was injured and no fire erupted as a result of the accident.
“The Il-38 successfully landed with the unlowered front landing gear. Firefighters are nearby, there is no fire,” the press service said in a statement.
“The aircraft is in Russia for Overhaul (OH) and Mid-Life Upgradation (MLU). No Indian Navy crew was onboard during the sortie though they are present in Russia. The aircraft was on initial test flight with all Russian crew,” an Indian Navy Official said to Firstpost.
The Ilyushin Il-38 (NATO reporting name: May) is a maritime patrol aircraft and anti-submarine warfare aircraft based on the Ilyushin Il-18 turboprop transport. The sole export operator was the Indian Navy which received five Il-38s to equip INAS 315 Sqn at Dabolim. In 1999 the Indian Mays received an upgraded mission avionics/ESM suite – possibly the Morskoy Zmey search and targeting system developed by the Leninets Holding Company.
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