Eyewitness report on last moments of Tu-154


December 27, 2016 – Fort Russ News –

– Lenta.ru, translated by Tom Winter –

RIA Novosti photo by Nina Zotina

An eyewitness told details of the fall of the Tu-154

An eyewitness to the fall of the Russian Ministry of Defense Tu-154 near Sochi reported details of the crash, saying that it was as if the crew were trying to land the plane in the water. This writes Kommersant, citing sources close to the investigation.

An employee of Coast Guard FSB Border Troops became a witness to the tragedy. At the time of the incident he was on board a boat in the water near Sochi. He said that the plane was taking off from the Adler Airport, but instead of climbing out, began to descend rapidly, as if to make a landing on the sea surface.

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At the same time the border guard said that the position of the Tu-154 in the air seemed strange even for a landing as the plane flew unnaturally nose-high, like a motorcycle doing a wheelie. A moment later, the plane, according to him, touched the sea surface with its tail end which broke off on impact, and quickly sank.

Experts commenting on the incident in Kommersant expressed the assumption that the crash was somehow linked to the actions of the crew. According to them, the plane began to lose speed and height due to pilot error, trying to climb out too vigorously. As a result, the Tu-154 could be at supercritical angles of attack that led to the loss of lift of the wings and the subsequent descent of the liner.

As the newspaper notes, a Tu-154 of Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise crashed in similar circumstances in August of 2006 near Donetsk en route from Anapa to St. Petersburg. The captain, trying to rise above the storm front, made mistakes that led to the stalling of the aircraft from a height of 12 thousand meters.

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