First off, I want to point out that this is not my video. This was originally posted in three parts and there was a lot of down time in the video, so I wanted to consolidate it into one clean video since it is pretty powerful.

The video shows a Tupolov Tu-154B-2 (RA-85563) that was stored for about ten years being re-activated and having some obvious flight control issues. There are a few times it looks like the aircraft might be going down after disappearing behind trees, but amazingly the pilots were able to keep enough control to land the TU-154 successfully.

The flight happened on April 29th at Chkalovsky Airport outside Moscow. According to, the aircraft is owned by the 800th Air Base Defense Ministry. It appears there was a malfunction with the stabilizers, but the incident is still under investigation by Russian officials.

Needless to say, these pilots are quite amazing.

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Impressive! Glad they made it safely to the ground. I’d be interested to hear their findings.

And, perhaps, it goes without saying what this video reminded me of. Scary, scary, scary. I remember a similar day off the California coast more than 10 years ago.

Which? The Alaska MD-80?

Alexander Redchenko

In fact, the aircraft is called Tupolev, and not “Tupelov”. Tupolev is surname of its designer. Please, bear in mind, that in Russian, “Tupelov” resembles something between “Mr. Foolish” and “Mr. Dumb” 🙂 So, please correct the misprint.

My apologies. I have made the corrections. Thanks!


Alexander Redchenko

Hi David! Your sense of humor is just perfect. Thank you! :))
But, please… Once again…


Alex :))

That video is simply scary. Hats off to some really great aviators. Be intersting to learn the root cause of the control problems.

he complex flight and navigation equipment provides automatic flight and automatic approach for the two categories of ICAO.


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