An Aeroflot jet carrying 287 passengers and crew skidded off the runway at Larnaca Airport in Cyprus after a tire blew out during landing Wednesday. No one was hurt.
The Russian-built Il-96 jet arrived after a three hour, 30 minute trip from Moscow and skidded onto an adjacent taxiway, airport spokesman Adamos Aspris said.
Aeroflot Flight No. 2070 departed from Sheremetyevo Airport around 5:50 a.m. and arrived at 8:20 a.m. in Cyprus, according to online flight tracker flightstats.com.
The Cyprus Tourism Organization predicts a 50 percent increase in Russian tourist arrivals this year, from nearly 335,000 Russian visitors in 2011.