The Boeing plane catches fire on takeoff and the blame falls on Russia. The 321 people on board were miraculously saved
It would have been a tragedy, but thankfully it was prevented in time.
An engine burst into flames on a tourist plane with 321 people on board in Thailand after its tires exploded during takeoff.
The 309 passengers and 12 crew members were forced to wait for a new plane to depart.
Dramatic pictures and footage showed the Boeing 767-306ER damaged by a sudden fire due to an 'engine leak'.
The landing gear also caught fire on the same right side of the plane.
One suspicion is that Russian airlines are operating aging planes without proper maintenance, following tough Western sanctions over Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine.
This 26-year-old plane operated by the charter company Azur Air was departing from Phuket International Airport to Moscow.
Some of the men on board are those who tried to evade Russian conscription for the war.
Other men were returning to Russia after running out of money, despite fears that they might be mobilized in a fresh new conscription effort and sent to the front.
A senior Russian aviation official said that due to Western sanctions, these planes could be used until 2030.