Airshow An-2 crash


By Dario Leone
Sep 4 2017
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The videos seem showing the Antonov An-2 pilot attempting a hard left turn to avoid the public before losing control and hitting the ground

Taken on Sep. 2, 2017, the impressive video in this post shows an Antonov An-2 crashing at an airshow in Balashikha near Moscow.

As reported by RT, a police spokesman said ‘We confirm the crash and that according to our preliminary information two people onboard were killed.’ He also added that no spectators were hurt.

The airshow organizers told that the victims were the pilot, Dmitry Sukharev, and an amateur photo journalist, Boris Tylevich.

The demonstration flights were stopped after the crash, they added.

Noteworthy a source in the emergency services told RT that the crash was most probably caused by pilot error.

However the scene, that was filmed from different angles, seems showing the pilot attempting a hard left turn to avoid the public before losing control and hitting the ground.

The Antonov An-2 (NATO reporting name Colt) is a Soviet-era mass-produced single-engine biplane utility/agricultural aircraft designed and manufactured by the Antonov Design Bureau. The aircraft performed its maiden flight on Aug. 31, 1947.

Its remarkable durability, high lifting power, and ability to take off and land from poor runways have ensured the aircraft a long service life. Noteworthy 18,000 An-2s were produced until 2001. The Colt, which is dubbed ‘kukuruznik’ (corn crop duster) in Russia, is still in service with military and civilian operators around the world.

Photo credit: Julian Herzog (Website) via Wikipedia

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.
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