Video shows Ukrainian MiG-29 Fulcrum runway overrun accident

Ukrainian Air Force MiG-29 overruns the runway after fast landing.

This video was filmed at Myrhorod, an airbase in the Poltava region of Ukraine, well before Crimea was invaded and the Ukrainian Air Force was decimated by MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems) in the subsequent war against pro-Russia separatists in the eastern part of the country.

It shows a Ukrainian Air Force MiG-29 Fulcrum performing a fast approach that leads to a long landing and runway overrun.

The footage shows the aircraft main landing gear’s right leg collapsing before the aircraft came to a halt.


According to some of our readers, the pilot involved in the mishap is Viktoria Mekotova (the first and only female pilot in Ukrainian Armed Forces). The incident occurred in 2009 and she began transition to the Ukrainian Navy Be-12 in 2010.

It’s not clear how many Mig-29s are currently operational in Ukraine. Most probably just a handful considered that, back in 2013, 15-20 MiG-29 Fulcrums were more or less active with the Ukrainian Air Force 16 of those were planned to be withdrawn by 2015. Since then, two Fulcrums have been lost, one of those allegedly shot down by a Russian MiG-29.


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