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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Emergencies Minister in Emergency Landing

Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov faced an emergency of his own when his plane lost power to one of its engines.

Puchkov was flying Friday to the Siberian city of Novosibirsk aboard a Yak-42, a mid-range passenger jet with three rear-mounted engines.

The pilots were able to land the jet safely at Novosibirsk's Tolmachevo Airport, a ministry spokeswoman told Interfax. There was no immediate indication of what caused the engine failure.

A day earlier, Puchkov denied speculation that the world would come to an end on Dec. 21, as many people believe the Mayan calendar predicts.

He told the newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta not to expect "serious cataclysms" on that day. 

(AP)