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Rossiya passenger jet which lost a wheel on take-off from Berlin has landed safely in St. Petersburg

A Rossiya Airlines passenger jet which lost a wheel on take-off from Berlin has landed safely in St Petersburg, Russian media report.

The Russian An-148 passenger jet, which is believed to be carrying 44 people, landed after circling to use up fuel.

The crew said earlier the situation on board was “calm”, Interfax says.

A security source told Ria-Novosti pieces of rubber had been left on the runway at Berlin after take-off.

A Rossiya Airlines passenger jet which lost a wheel on take-off from Berlin has landed safely in St Petersburg

A Rossiya Airlines passenger jet which lost a wheel on take-off from Berlin has landed safely in St Petersburg

None of the 37 passengers and 7 crew members were hurt during the landing, Rossiya’s press office told Interfax.

A Russian investigation into the incident is now under way.

Manufactured jointly by Ukraine and Russia, the An-148 is one of the former USSR’s newer jets, and only entered service with Rossiya in 2009.