11 April 2010

A wondrous Russian plane

As in many a tragic incident, hasty headline editors don't disappoint in this case too:

(The article itself is, of course, about the Tupolev 154 and its rather rich history of crashes.)


jams o donnell said...

Not sure I would want to travel on a classic Tupolev or Ilyushin product. Curious that the crash was on the fourth attempt at landing though

David All said...

Aparently the pilot was under quite a lot of pressure to land the plane at Smolensk so that the Polish President and the other passengers would get to the ceremony with Putin ucommerating the 70th anniversary of the massacre of 5,000 Polish Army officers that Stalin ordered at Katyn Forest in the spring of 1940.

Discussion of this tragedy, the worst in Poland's battered history since the collaspe of Communism 20 years ago, can be found at http://hurryupharry.org/2010/04/10/poland-in-shock & at http://hurryupharry.org/2010/04/11/rip-anna-walentynowicz   

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Yes, on the face of it it looks like a pilot's error.