[ Editor’s Note: I was surprised to read that the Russian big Tu-22M3 bomber training flights in blizzards were routine, which seems hard to believe. Russia does not have many of these planes, nor experienced crews. Losing one is a big deal.
I have no idea what the instrument state of the art is these days for the pilots flying instruments in weather like this. It seems his approach was perfect, but you can tell just before the crash that he is coming in too hard, and bounces it.
It was over quick, which any pilot will tell you is a good way to go versus being roasted alive in a flaming wreck. The captain amazingly survived, a lucky and unlucky day, which can be the worst kind if he blames himself for the crash, and the investigators agree.
Our condolences go out to the families, who dread getting a call on an incident like this, and pray that it will never happen… Jim W. Dean ]
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