According to research by Ascend, the risk of death in traffic accidents exceeds the likelihood of death in air transport by more than 60 times. And situations when airplanes became the cause of an accident are generally a rarity. Let's talk about the most extraordinary of them.
The incident that occurred with Tu-154 at the Omsk-Tsentralny airport, which followed a transit flight from Krasnodar to Novosibirsk, was recognized as the largest plane crash in the history of the USSR. She claimed the lives of 178 people. In difficult meteorological conditions, the crew went into a second round twice, and when the Iron Bird successfully touched the ground, three heavy-duty service vehicles suddenly appeared on its way, which could not be avoided. Judging by the information released from the black boxes, the commander saw silhouettes resembling cars on the runway, and even tried to sharply take to the right, but an accident was inevitable. The blow was such a force that the aircraft turned around and instantly engulfed in flames.
Later, the investigation found that the culprits in the death of five crew members, four airport ground personnel and 169 passengers (among them 21 children) were the start point dispatcher, who released special equipment on the field without light, the landing dispatcher, who did not control the suitability of the strip for air ship, as well as flight director. All of them were sentenced to various prison terms. What is remarkable, despite such deadly consequences of the tragedy, several people managed to survive. Among them were one passenger and four crew members, including the commander himself.
A unique case inherent in the crash of aircraft occurred in the United States, Michigan. As a result of the fall of a winged car on the freeway, all those on board died. except for a little four year old girl. During the investigation, it turned out that the accident could have been prevented if the crew had not been in a hurry with a premature take-off. The fact is that the pilots of the McDonnell Douglas MD-82, owned by Northwest Airlines, did not make sure the wing flaps were ready for flight (the blades were in a landing configuration). Gaining altitude, the liner began to swing from side to side and, sharply tilted to the left, hooked the mast of street lighting, after which it fell on a busy road and rested on the railway overpass. The accident was the last in the lives of six crew members and 148 passengers, including 25 children, who did not get that ill-fated day from Detroit to Phoenix. Two people from the ground were added to the list of victims - several cars fell under the wheels of a multi-ton colossus. Five more victims with injuries of varying severity were hospitalized.
At the St. Petersburg Pulkovo airport, the Tatarstan company, which was preparing to fly to Kazan, and the Sobol technical services of the Rossiya air carrier did not share the Yak-42 road. The plane, making a turn onto the runway, crashed into an official car passing along the launch path. Fortunately, none of the fifty people on board, as well as the driver of the car, were injured. The same cannot be said about the vehicles themselves: the airliner received significant damage to one of the wings, and the minibus seriously damaged the body. Passengers were urgently evacuated and, after replacing the ship, were sent to their destination. However, as representatives of the Tatarstan Airlines reported then to a number of media, not everyone agreed to fly. Some, having suffered stress, were forced to abandon the flight. The culprit of the accident was the driver of Sobol, who, in conditions of insufficient visibility caused by the first snowfall, did not calculate the distance and got under the plane.
Three years ago, an attempt to land a Boeing 727 in West Africa had much more tragic consequences. When boarding the Accra airport, the 5N-BJN board missed the lane, demolished the protective structures and crashed into a city minibus at full speed. The fact that the flight was not passenger but cargo was saved from a large number of victims. As a result of the collision, the wings of the plane came off and the tail part broke, but all four crew members survived, escaping with injuries of varying severity. But passengers of land transport were less fortunate. The bus, which had been cleared up soft-boiled, buried ten people in one fell swoop. As it turned out during the investigation, the runway where the plane was directed by the dispatcher was simply too narrow for the cargo liner.Airplanes vs. cars: the most high-profile incidents
One of the most resonant crashes occurred in the capital's Vnukovo airport, and continued on the Kiev highway. To match the Hollywood action games, making a landing, the Tu-204 Red Wings company, which followed the ferry flight from the Czech Republic to Moscow, jumped out of the runway and, breaking through the fence, almost rolled out onto the Ukraine M3 federal highway. Avoid mass casualties helped overlap, which crashed into an airliner. The bow and numerous fragments that fell on the track instantly blocked the movement. Several cars were damaged by the wreckage, and one of the cars was thrown at the bump by a blow of a wheel flying off an aircraft. Her driver was seriously injured, fractures of the cervical vertebrae and concussion. Of the eight crew members on board, four died on the spot and another from multiple injuries died in the hospital. The cause of the disaster was the failure of the Tu-204 air brake release system. Pilots repeatedly tried to set the reverse to maximum mode, but the technique did not respond. It was possible to reset the spoilers manually, but the crew did not have time to take advantage of this.
While preparing for the departure of the Airbus A320 of Ural Airlines at the Dubai International Airport in the UAE, the driver of the catering service, having mixed up the brake and gas pedals, hit the plane of the truck fuselage with the platform of his truck. From the collision, the liner turned 90 degrees, and the telescopic ladder of the terminal was thrown back several meters. The stewardess standing at the open door of the aircraft, waiting for the loading of food supplies, fell to the ground from a height of five meters, as a result of which she received numerous fractures and a brain contusion. There were no passengers in the Airbus cabin - at this time they were checked in. Curiously, after a collision, a truck driver jumped out of the cab and tried to escape, but was immediately caught by police officers who arrived in time. During the inspection of the damage to the aircraft, the experts found out that it could not fly, and the flight, which was supposed to deliver passengers who had rested at sea to Perm, was canceled.