Shocking video shows Boeing 737 nosediving into tarmac and explode at Kazan airport

Shocking footage showing the Boeing 737 of the Tatarstan Airlines that crashed during its second landing attempt at Kazan airport in Russia on Nov. 18 has emerged.

Although the aircraft is barely visible in the darkness, the footage clearly shows the plane nosediving into the ground before exploding.

What’s really weird is the nearly vertical angle the Boeing, with 50 POB, hits the tarmac. Moreover, the reason of the previous failed attempt to land is unclear, since the weather seems to be quite good in the footage.

A technical failure? A collapsed control surface?

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10 Comments

  1. Maybe, a jihadi who has killed the pilots and pushed the control column hard forward? Russia has such problems.

  2. Anyone else notice an explosion before impact at the 4 second mark in the video? Looks like a possible terrorist issue.

    • Appears to just be the aircraft’s strobe-light – you can see other strobe-light flashes reflected on the wet tarmac prior to the aircraft coming into view. Hope this helps.

    • That explosion at the 4 second mark was the plane hitting a power line. All the lights there were on in the back ground after the explosion went dark.

  3. One common thing that pilots seem to be lacking is stall recovery. Kinda wonder if the jet got slow, stalled, and the pilot didn’t recover because he was yanking back on the yoke the whole time. (Think that doesn’t happen? That’s what the Elmendorf C-17 mishap pilot did. That jet went straight in at a steep angle just like this 737. Same with Air France 447 that crashed in 2009. Same with Pinnacle Airlines flight 3701. Same with the SF crash this July where the crew came in 30 knots slow and didn’t add throttle until they were 1 second from impact). We won’t know until we see an analysis of flight data download, but pilots stalling the jet and not being proficient at stall recovery seems to be a pretty common theme these days. Way too many pilots think that the flight control computer will stop them from getting in trouble (human factors Overconfidence and Expectancy figure heavily).

    A problem with flight controls or mechanical problem with crashes is VERY atypical. Fatigue, lack of situational awareness, and pressing below minimums is a lot more common. The public tends to default toward the jet being the problem when they see and read initial reports, and that’s not usually the case.

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