In 1994, a russian airplane crashed into a remote hillside, killing 63 passengers and 12 crew members in it. Investigations revealed they all would have gotten through the harrowing accident if the pilots were familiar enough with a foreign-made plane. And if the co-pilot didn’t let his kids sit at the controls in the first place.
Aeroflot Flight 593 was en route from Moscow to Hong Kong. On board were mostly businessmen from Taiwan and Hong Kong who were traveling back to their country after looking for economic opportunities in Russia.
Also on board were three pilots, Yaroslav Kudrinsky, Igor Piskaryov, and Vladimir Makarov. Kudrinsky is the captain on that plane while Piskaryov was the assigned co-pilot. Makarov, on the other hand, was just traveling with them as a passenger. With three pilots in the cockpit, who would have though a tragic mishandling of the controls may occur?
Accidents can happen any moment even during the most impossible times we can think of. And in this distressing plane incident, the captain didn’t realize that his simple fatherly gesture would cause the lives of the 75 occupants on board.
Reports confirmed that Kudrinsky traveled with his two children, Yana and Eldar. Because it was their first time to fly internationally, daddy allowed them to enter the flight deck, which was of course against the regulations.
But it appears the captain was confident in letting kids touch the controls. The ailerons were on auto-pilot so what could go wrong?
Kudrinsky asked Yana, 16, to take the left front seat and turn the plane. Though it was really the autopilot that’s controlling the aircraft, the girl had an impression of how it feels to maneuver the huge flying vehicle.
Then it was Eldar’s turn. The 12-year-old boy took the pilot’s seat and apparently, he applied much pressure when he turned the wheel. And at that point, the series of unfortunate events happened in the cockpit, which led to their demise
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