Polar Airlines

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For the American Cargo airline see: Polar Air Cargo

State Unitary Enterprise "Aircompany "Polar Airlines"
ГУП «Авиакомпания «Полярные авиалинии»
IATA
PI
ICAO
RKA
Callsign
AIR SAKHA
Founded 1997
Operating bases Yakutsk[1]
Fleet size 56
Destinations 20
Parent company Government owned
Headquarters Yakutsk, Russia
Key people Andrei Vasiliyevich Koryakin (General Director)[1]
Website http://www.polarair.ru/
Antonov An-26-100

Polar Airlines (Polyarnye Avialinii) is an airline based in Yakutsk, Sakha Republic, Russia. It operates scheduled and charter passenger and cargo services.[2]

History[edit]

The airline began operations in 1997. It was formed from the Batagai, Kolyma-Indigirka, Chukordakh and Tiksi sub-divisions of Aeroflot.[2]

Destinations[edit]

Polar Airlines operates scheduled flights to the following destinations (as of January 2013):[3]

Russia Russia

Incidents[edit]

November 1945
Douglas C-47 CCCP-N362 force-landed near Tiksi due to fuel exhaustion, causing wing and landing gear damage; there were no casualties. The aircraft was possibly written off.[4]
December 25, 1945
A Douglas C-47 crashed on takeoff from Dudinka due to an in-flight fire, killing all 10 on board.[5] This was the only fatal accident involving the airline until 2013.
December 13, 1946
Focke-Wulf Fw 200C CCCP-N400 force-landed on the ice off Ostrov Litne due to double engine failure and problems with a third engine; all 21 on board survived, but the aircraft, operating an Igarka-Arkangelsk service, was written off.[6]
April 23, 1950
Focke-Wulf Fw 200C-4 CCCP-N500 overran the runway while landing at Yakutsk Airport in a crosswind, causing the left landing gear to collapse and damaging the left wing and both left side engines; there were no casualties, but the aircraft was written off.[7]
1954
Douglas R4D-5 CCCP-H417 crashed on landing at Polar Station SP-3, Antarctica after the landing gear struck an ice ridge and landed on its belly; the fuselage was used as a sauna and eventually sank. The aircraft was originally used by the US Navy for Operation Ski Jump, carrying out landings on drifting ice; the aircraft was abandoned after the landing gear collapsed on one of these flights and was found and repaired by the Soviets in May 1954.[8]
May 16, 2003
Antonov An-3T RA-05881 force-landed 28 mi from Sangara due to engine failure caused by bad weather; all 13 on board survived, but the aircraft was written off.[9]
November 18, 2005
Antonov An-2TP RA-02252 crashed on a mountain 19 mi from Sangar in bad weather; all 12 on board survived, but the aircraft was written off.[10]
November 21, 2012
Flight RKA-227 (performed by Antonov An-26 RA-26061) from Yakutsk to Deputatsky overshot the runway on landing by 70 metres. The airline reported an icy runway as the cause. The plane received substantial damage[11] but no injuries were reported.[12]
July 2, 2013
Flight 9949, a Mil Mi-8 (registration RA-22657) crashed into a hill top 66 km from Deputatsky in the Sakha Republic. 19 of the 25 passengers and 3 crew were killed, of these deaths several children were involved. 11 of the 25 passengers were children. A post crash fire consumed the aircraft.[13][14][15]

Fleet[edit]

As of July 2012 the Polar Airlines fleet includes:[1][16]

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