Also; your tasteless comment about someone who was lost in a tragedy, frankly, is sickening and has been reported to the mods. Save the B.S. For non-av. Dr. Liza was far more respected in Russian society than you could ever dream of being.
JayBCNLON wrote:ZKCIF wrote:tu204 wrote:This aircraft was enroute from Chkalovsky Airbase in Moscow enroute to Khmeimim Airbase in Latakia, Syria with officers and artists onboard to perform for the troops stationed at Khmeimim.
Sochi was a refuelling stop.
What is the point of the refueling stop?
ZIA-LTK is 1247nm only, Tu-154 can fly there and back, especially with as low a load as 84pax and low cargo (presumably, instruments only)
A crazily well-known person was onboard
Глинка, Елизавета Петровна
roughly, an equivalent of Mother Teresa
Well, Russian Air Force planes usually have to take a detour over the Caspian Sea towards Iran and via Iraq to Latakia. So that may explain the fuel stop.
It must be a very rough comparison as mother Theresa probably never flew on an Air Force plane into a war zone where the nation of the Air Force plane is a fighting party. It sounds more like Elisabeta Glinka was used by the Russian regime as troop entertainment and as camouflage for the atrocities taking place with Russian assistance to say the least. More like a Marilyn Monroe supporting the us troops in the Korean War.