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77 people died in the biggest accident in the history of air rallies – 2002.

77 people died in the biggest accident in the history of air rallies – 2002.

The pilot and co-pilot of the Sukhoi Su-27 fighter managed to save themselves at the last minute using ejection seats, and the plane hit the ground and exploded, killing many people.

On July 27, 2002, the largest accident at an air show in world history occurred. Namely, on that day, a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter from the Ukrainian Air Force crashed near the city of Lviv in Ukraine, killing as many as 77 people. The accident took place at the Lviv International Airport, located southwest of the city near Sknilív, while many visitors watched the aerial stunts. During one acrobatic maneuver, the mentioned Sukhoi Su-27 flew to the runway in too low a flight, so it got stuck on the ground with its left wing.

The pilot and co-pilot managed to save themselves at the last minute using ejection seats, and the plane hit the ground and exploded killing many people. The runway of the airport after that accident looked eerily covered with the bodies of dead and seriously injured people. A total of 543 people were killed, of which 77 were killed. It is a particularly tragic fact that 28 children were among the dead. The pilot and co-pilot passed without injuries, but received severe prison and fines. Despite such punishment, to date it is not entirely possible to determine whether they, their superiors or their technical associates were largely to blame for the accident. Due to the disaster, Ukrainian Air Force Chief Volodymyr Strelnykov was also fired.

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