Losses and Aviation Safety

Video shows Indian Navy Il-38 after emergency landing in Russia

The nose gear of the Il-38 had failed to lower. Ilyushin company press service says the aircraft was flown by the company’s test pilots

An Indian Navy Il-38 had to make en emergency landing at Zhukovsky Air Base, Russia on Apr. 28, 2018.

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.

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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