There have been several reports today warning about chaotic travel over Thanksgiving. Well, at least you can be thankful that you aren’t stuck at the Igarka airport in Siberia. A group of passengers had to push their plane onto the runway after it got stuck in the ice.
According to Mashable, a 30-ton Tupolev 134 froze to the ground at the Siberia airport after temperatures dropped to -60 degrees Fahrenheit. More than 70 passengers had to push the plane in order to get it on the runway.
A spokesman for UT Air said: “The passengers disembarked to lighten the weight, and then they volunteered to move it.”
Of course, you can’t push a plane without taking a selfie.
Пилот попросил пассажиров подтолкнуть самолет!!! Россия Красноярский край г.Игарка…за бортом -40! pic.twitter.com/elnVD9foTT
— Алексей Флянов (@fljan1) November 26, 2014
Locals are used to the freezing temperatures but machines struggle in the cold. Still, the passengers didn’t seem to bothered by their situation. One man was heard joking: “Real men can plant a tree, build a house and push a plane.”
Here’s a video of the passengers pushing the plane out of the snow.
Thanks to some passenger intervention, the flight was able to leave on time and landed safely a few hours later in Krasnoyarsk.