HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2081 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6435 times:
Sad indeed. I am curious as to why they didn't eject. We've seen the Russians pop out of MiGs and Sukhois at Paris or Farnborough at almost impossibly last second bail outs... think of the 2 MiG-29's that collided, the MiG that lost an engine or two at very low level and the Su-27 that contacted the ground but made it airborne again, albeit briefly and they all managed to pop out in time.
You can see a flash, then 'stuff' flies out of the engines/rear of aircraft. At first I thought this was the pilots ejecting, but the objects are too small and they obviously died, per the news reports. You can't really see a bird ingestion, perhaps a a catastrophic part failure? Regardless, this was a highly risky maneuver with very little cushion altitude.
Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6131 posts, RR: 55 Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5844 times:
Quoting BlueSky1976 (Reply 5): Apparently the pilots sacrificed their lives to save the residents of the nearby village.
Honestly I don't think they had time to think about that. They were totally stalled and could do nothing until they had got those engine produce some thrust, which they never did. They could keep those wings level with the ailerons. All other control authority was lost in the stall.
There is only one thing which can bring you out of such a maneuver (a zero speed wingover) at such low altitude, and that is a brutal kick in the back. For some reason they never got that.
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm