17 Feb 2017 - On 17 February 2017, Boeing 737-524, VP-BVS, operated by Vim Airlines of Russia was taking off from Runway 18 at Riga International Airport deviated sharply to the right, traveled along the grass to the side of the runway for approximately 600m and collided with the RVR installation and power boxes before regaining the runway, therefore both engines were full of mud, dirt and grass.
EVRA 170950Z 23007KT 210V270 8000 -RA OVC004 03/03 Q1011 R18/290195 NOSIG
The Latvian TAAIB published their final report here
*** Updated 10 Feb 2018 ***
VP-BVS on soft ground (Photo Aleksandrs Cubikins)
The flight crew operation was not coordinated in accordance with the take-off procedure.
Human Factor in an abnormal flight situation.
The Transport Accident and Incident Investigation Bureau (TAIIB) following Safety Recommendations were addressed to the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia):
Recommendation – LV 2018-001 Due to the flight crew operations and disagreements in the Takeoff Procedure according with the Flight Crew Manual, the TAIIB recommended to Rosavacia to consider the necessity to make possible some amendments in the Pilot Training programs for recurrent and the induction training included briefing and assessment on the correct procedure for start of the takeoff roll, including the runway alignment prior to thrust application, the engine stabilization with symmetrical thrust after thrust levers to takeoff thrust (to switch TO/GA) and the use of the nose-wheel steering wheel during the takeoff.
Recommendation LV 2018-002 Due to the flight crew’s erroneous actions in a non-standard situation (Runway excursion), TAIIB recommended to the Rosaviatsia to review the Pilot Training programs of aircraft operators and consider the necessity to include in the training syllabus for recurrent the analyses of occurred aviation incidents to train the flight crews in abnormal flight situations.