Experts on two falls of Russian main fighter planes in a week: man-made disasters outweigh mechanical failures

 Experts on two falls of Russian main fighter planes in a week: man-made disasters outweigh mechanical failures

Russian Tu-22M3 Counterfire Strategic Bomber

[Global Times comprehensive report] Russias air and space forces suffered a black month, two catastrophic accidents in a week: after two Su-34 fighter bombers collided in the air last week, a Tu-22M3 (pictured) long-range strategic bomber crashed on the 22nd landing. Although the Russian Ministry of Defense said that these incidents were caused by irresistible reasons, but Russian experts believe that this is mainly due to inadequate training of pilots.

Russian free media reported on the 23rd that on January 18, two Soviet-34 fighter bombers collided in the air over Japan, and only one of the four pilots was rescued. Russian experts pointed out that the accident was more likely to be man-made than mechanical failure, which may be caused by the pilots of the two aircraft making some short-range maneuvering errors. A Tu-22M3 bomber crashed on a hard landing at Orenia Military Airport in Molmansk after completing a routine training flight on Tu-22M3, killing three of the four pilots on board. Within a week, the Russian Aerospace Army lost several fighter planes, which was not the worst, and the worst was the loss of six pilots. In addition to the weather and other reasons, there are also reasons for the increase of Russian sky military accident rate, such as the quality of pilots themselves. In 2016, Russian Defense Minister Shao Yigu said that there were more than 1300 pilots in the Russian Air Force, believing that the number of pilots is still insufficient. Although the training time of Russian pilots has increased, and some pilots have even been trained in Syria, many pilots still lack sufficient flight experience, so they will inevitably make mistakes when flying. Russian Air Force expert Peter Jenekin said that pilots now have a problem in training, they use a variety of simulators for a long time to train. They learned to fly on a computer, but it was only a toy and the training was not good. The Russian fleet spent most of its time landing on the simulated carrier deck. As a result, in 2016, two carrier aircraft crashed while trying to land on the carrier Kuznetsov in the Mediterranean. Therefore, pilots need more practical flight training.

Russias Viewpoint 23 reported that the Tu-22M3 crash airport is a concrete runway, 3,500 meters long, considered one of the best airports of the Russian army. Russian flight coach Andrei Krasnopirov said that when the plane landed, the pilots task was to descend the plane to 1.5-2 meters above the ground in order to reach the runway smoothly. If heavy snow falls suddenly at this time, the plane loses contact with the ground. According to the rules, the pilot should pull up for the second round of landing. Why did the crew not perform the necessary operations? Perhaps the pilot tried to make a second landing, but at that time the plane was not high enough, so a hard landing took place. (Liu Yupeng)

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