Tu-154 Out Of Control (With Video)

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It’s not really clear what happened on board a Russian military Tu-154 at a Moscow-area airport but there’s a flight crew that’s undoubtedly happy to be on the ground after an odd loss-of-control incident last week. The accompanying video, shot by a planespotter, according to Russia Today, shows the aircraft clearly struggling to maintain some semblance of controlled flight. The crew did finally prevail as the plane eventually landed safely.

The video was released days after the Polish government cleared its last remaining Tu-154 to carry government officials around. Numerous in-flight incidents and crashes involving the relatively small number of the Cold War tri-jets prompted Russia’s aviation safety agency to recommend grounding the entire fleet of aircraft after a Tu-154 exploded on the taxiway at a Russian airport late last year.