Aviation Photo #0681064 Ilyushin Il-96-300PU - Russia State Transport Company

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A bird strike or an engine failure? Or even both? Maybe none? That is something that perhaps we might never know, nevertheless this was a one in a million moment. I was trying to get this aircraft on rotation, and suddenly (when I started to photograph) a cloud of smoke emerged and the take off was aborted. Few days later, this photo made it to the front page of a Russian newspaper, and got its 5 minutes of fame on the telly, but what I wanted that day I didn’t get. This beautiful aircraft on rotation.
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    Miguel Claudio
    Russia State Transport Company
    Ilyushin Il-96-300PU
    Ilyushin Il-96
    Ilyushin Il-96
    Lisbon (- Portela de Sacavem / AT1 / AB1)
    September 29, 2004
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13 years ago
Rarely seen, especially it's Mr. Putins bird!
8 years ago
It appears to me the Engines are in full reverse, causing the so said "smoke".
8 years ago
Great shot!
8 years ago
Don't get disheartened Miguel. One captures aircraft on rotation everyday, but the shot you have got is rare. It only happens once in a million times. Thank God it did not end in disaster and pat yourself for the timing.
6 years ago
Yes, the engines are clearly in reverse ... Maybe it was an option to abort after an evident sign of a problem ... Really an unusual situation, considering that's the rotation time... 5*
6 years ago
Looks like a blown tire. Nonetheless, that's an awesome capture!
5 years ago
IL-96-300PU (M) (tail number - RA-96016) owned by STC "Russia" in the airport Portela de Sacavem in Lisbon not take off because of the falling birds in one of the left engine. IL-96-300PU aborted take off.
IL-96-300PU (M) is used to transport the President of the Russian Federation. President Putin was not on board.

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