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More: Khabarovsk - Novy (KHV / UHHH)
More: Russia, May 3, 2009
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RA-85114 (cn 89A814) Tu-154 is notorious for being tail-heavy when there are no passengers on board; certain precautions need to be taken to keep it balanced on the ground. This aircraft was tipped backwards onto its tail with a strong wind blast before a thunderstorm.
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A visitor from Kazakhstan posted Sun September 26, 2010:
That's why rear engined planes (Tu-154, Il-62, B-727) are not in trend now.

A visitor from - posted Fri February 26, 2010:
The winds must have provided enough lift to tip it on its tail...

A visitor from Netherlands posted Mon August 10, 2009:
Nice angle!

A visitor from Portugal posted Sun August 2, 2009:
Windshear can be so... wrong?

A visitor from Hungary posted Wed July 22, 2009:
"A visitor from Australia posted Fri July 17, 2009": You're right, the Ilyushin 62 in the background is even more tail heavy. That's why it has a fourth wheel at the tail to support it. That wheel is just hidden by the vehicle between the two aircrafts.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sat July 18, 2009:
V1, Rotate! Negative climb. Oops! Great photo.

A visitor from Mauritius posted Sat July 18, 2009:
I hope there is no problem when landing this aircraft. Else it would have remain like this till the end of the runway!! Great shot!

Regards
Krishley

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat July 18, 2009:
Lol!!..unique shot!

A visitor from - posted Sat July 18, 2009:
It looks like the plane had a tailstrike. It looks good at this angle

A visitor from United States posted Fri July 17, 2009:
This is the bad thing with this type of a configuration, too bad it a beautiful design too. 727 had same problem initially.

A visitor from Australia posted Fri July 17, 2009:
The Ilyushin next to it must be even more tail-heavy, with 4 engines at the rear!

A visitor from Sweden posted Fri July 17, 2009:
Nice picture!!
/Johan,Sweden

A visitor from - posted Fri July 17, 2009:
You don't seem to understand - the aircraft was intentionally positioned for a close-up underbelly inspection ;-)

A visitor from United States posted Fri July 17, 2009:
Interesting picture from an unusual angle. Looks like the captain rotated a bit early though.

A visitor from United States posted Fri July 17, 2009:
To the poster before me - 727s actually had a very similar problem. I've seen many 727s pics nose up on the ground. A terrible flaw to a beautiful design. Both Tupolev and Boeing styles.

A visitor from United States posted Fri July 17, 2009:
"This is the captain speaking.We are trying to take off but we don't seem to be going up.so.... can any body tell me why the taxing aircraft are cruising while we're just sitting here!!?!?!?!?

A visitor from Canada posted Fri July 17, 2009:
First officer: "Rotate"
Captain: "Wait... dont we have to have airspeed before we rotate?"
First officer: "Umm Bob why aren't we off the runway yet?"
Captain: "I duno... but that baggage truck seems to be moving faster than us.."

A visitor from United States posted Fri July 17, 2009:
Trying to Dukes of Hazzard, Russian Style

A visitor from - posted Fri July 17, 2009:
Seems like it might have to do with that third engine back there. two have never really been a problem, but when you got 3 heavy engines in the back, and nothing up front, well... you got the picture.

A visitor from Puerto Rico posted Fri July 17, 2009:
First officer:"captain we are over-rotating",
captain:"why,the engines are turned off"

A visitor from Mexico posted Fri July 17, 2009:
The same thing happened in MEX with a Varig Cargo MD11

A visitor from - posted Fri July 17, 2009:
It's so sleek and fast looking, it looks like it's flying even while standing still!

A visitor from - posted Fri July 17, 2009:
I think he might have over-rotated. :p

Great shot!

A visitor from Belarus posted Fri July 17, 2009:
Just an excellent photo.

A visitor from Hungary posted Fri July 17, 2009:
V1.... rotate!! in an another way, :) great catch mate!

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Fri July 17, 2009:
Very rare moment!

A visitor from Australia posted Fri July 17, 2009:
Profanities came to mind when i saw the thumbnail... nice snap...

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri July 17, 2009:
Those 3 engines must weight quiet heavy indeed!

A visitor from - posted Thu July 16, 2009:
Standout shot, well done !

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