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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 82887
Last updated: 24 April 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic MG15 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Owner/operator:Soviet Air Force
Registration: 739 blu
MSN: 612739
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Novoselovo, SE of Kirzhach -   Russia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Chkalovsky Air Base
Destination airport:Chkalovsky Air Base
Yuri Gagarin (34), Soviet Cosmonaut, was the first human in outer space and the first to orbit the Earth (1961).
In 1968 Gagarin began to re-qualify as a fighter pilot. On 27 March 1968, while on a routine training flight from Chkalovsky Air Base, he and flight instructor Vladimir Seryogin died in a MiG-15UTI crash near the town of Kirzhach.

The MiG maneuvered sharply, leading the jet into a "super-critical flight regime and to its stalling in complex meteorological conditions." It entered a tail spin and struck terrain.
Reason for the sharp maneuver was unclear. There may have been a weather balloon or another aircraft in the vicinity.

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Revision history:

26-Nov-2010 05:12 harro Added
28-Mar-2011 05:25 TB Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]
18-Jun-2013 06:38 harro Updated [Phase, Source, Narrative]
27-Mar-2018 10:36 harro Updated [Narrative]
03-Jun-2018 20:35 j155 Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]

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