A pilot who saved the lives of seven people on board a plane where both engines failed has been praised as a hero.
All seven people on board the Antonov-30 miraculously survived the terrifying plane crash, with the aircraft reported as missing after it dropped off of radar screens and crashed deep in the heart of Siberia.
Extensive damage to the plane can be seen in shocking images, with the AN-30 shown to have hefty dents and scratches on its sides after crash-landing into a forest.
The AN-30 is said to be used in Russia to spike clouds with a chemical cocktail, triggering rain to douse wildfires.
Reports indicate that same weather-changing technology is used to make way for sunny skies whenever Russian president Vladimir Putin hosts military parades.
Captain Yevgeny Kudashov, 67, was piloting the flight from Yakutsk to Olenyok and received praise from his co-pilot, Vladimir Vinogradov, for the quick thinking.
Vinogradov, who suffered a spinal injury because of the crash landing, said: “The engines stopped. The commander made the right decision.
“He is very experienced, landed it skillfully. We all helped him, all the crew. As you see, there were no casualties.”