VIM Airlines Boeing 737-500 ran off runway at Riga Airport

VIM Airlines Boeing 737-500 ran off runway at Riga Airport

VIM Airlines Boeing 737-500 ran off runway at Riga Airport


After an aborted take-off at Riga, the Boeing 737 failed to stop within the length of the runway. It ended in mud. No one was injured.


VIM Airlines charter flight NN 9945 was about to bring the russian ice hockey team of Lada Tolyatti to its next game, and was cleared for take-off from runway 18.

At a point very early in the take-off run, when engines where about to spool-up, the aircraft began to drift sideways, yawing to the right side. The pilots eventually lost directional control until the 737 departed paved surface and rolled over soft ground. Its engines in reverse, it collided with a number of runway signs a lot of earth was blown away until the pilots were able to steer back onto the runway where it came to a safe stop.

None of the 47 on board was hurt.
The aircraft received visible damage to its left engine nacelle and took large dent to its left wing leading edge.

An eyewitness suggested the right hand engine experienced a technical failure.

At the time it was raining with low ceiling and visibility was reduced to about 5 km.

Riga Airport closed for all traffic for about 2 hours.

METAR: Riga Airport (EVRA):

17/02/2017 11:50->
METAR EVRA 171050Z 24007KT 210V270 7000 -RA OVC004 04/04
           Q1011 R18/290195 NOSIG=
17/02/2017 12:20->
METAR EVRA 171120Z 24006KT 210V280 9000 -RA OVC004 04/04
           Q1011 R18/290195 NOSIG=

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Aircraft Involved

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Type: Boeing 737-500
Registration: VP-BVS
Age a/c: 19.1 years
Constr. No.: 28915

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants  7 40 0 47
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0


Date: 2017-02-17 Time: 12:00
Location: EVRA RIX Riga Airport
Country: Latvia
Flight phase: TOF – Take-off, Rejected Take-off
Damage to a/c: minor

Flight no.: NN 9945
From: EVRA/RIX: Riga Airport To: UWUU/UFA: Ufa
Type: Passenger
Operator: VIM Airlines

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 2nd safety occurence for the operator
  • 73rd safety occurence of type (B735)
  • 11th safety occurence at Riga Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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