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Delays caused by icy rain and blackouts has led to mass panic at Moscow’s two main airports, after passengers were stranded for days with little food or information.
Freezing rain falling on the capital broke power lines, causing cuts in the airports’ electricity supply.
Fights broke out at Sheremetyevo airport yesterday (December 29) and according to Reuters Aeroflot staff are now scared of dealing with agitated passengers, saying the airport does not have sufficient security.
The previous day, frustrated passengers stormed passport control at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport.
Russia’s transport minister has since criticized the management of Domodedovo, saying it should have shut because of the power cuts, but instead it continued to receive passengers.
While flights now appear to have returned to normal, an investigation has been launched into the widespread delays at Moscow's two main airports.