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Wind power: plane pirouettes on tarmac in Arctic storm

By The Siberian Times reporter
23 March 2016

Aircraft 'full of passengers' blown 180 degrees as Boeing 737 is lashed in blizzard.

Ground staff alert air traffic control as the aircraft slides, powered only by wind. Picture: Typical Norilsk

A video shows the Nord Star plane on the tarmac at Norilsk being blown in a half circle by the fierce storm force winds. Ground staff alert air traffic control as the aircraft slides, powered only by wind. Their exchanges were recorded: 

Man 1: Look how it rolls. It unhooked, can you imagine?

Man 2: Back off, Lekha. Back off. See how it rolls. 

Plane being blown


Plane being blown


Plane being blown


Plane being blown

A video shows the Nord Star plane on the tarmac at Norilsk being blown in a half circle by the fierce storm force winds. Pictures: Typical Norilsk

Man 1: (calls to Air Traffic Control): 'Here on the tarmac, the aircraft is moving. So please be ready. The wind blows it away.' 

Air Traffic Control: Accepted 

Man 1: The passengers are going crazy there...

Man2: Cannot understand, seems like the brakes on its wheels do not work or... ? 

Man1: It's the strong winds... 

Roof ripped off


Roof ripped off


Roof ripped off


Roof ripped off

Wind ripped off a roof in Norilsk, crashing it on a passing UAZ vehicle. Pictures: Vkontakte

The fierce winds with gusts of 40 metres per second have been lashing  northern districts of Krasnoyarsk region. Wind ripped off a roof in Norilsk, crashing it on a passing UAZ vehicle. The three inside were injured but a 32 year old woman passer-by was killed. The atrocious weather is expected to continue for some days.

Blizzard


Blizzard


Blizzard


Blizzard


Blizzard

The atrocious weather is expected to continue for some days. Pictures: Leonid Pryadko, Typical Norilsk, @ferdusslim, @north_violin, @ukataikin

One resident reported on social media: 'Buses stopped. Cars are overturned. Everywhere windows and balcony doors are knocked out. In the theatre, the windows are papered over, like in wartime.' 

Videos have shown people literally blown over into snow drifts by the raging winds. Norilsk residents call such weather 'black blizzards' because there is no visibility. 

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