That time a Soviet bomber crashed into the sea after buzzing a U.S. aircraft carrier
Low pass with a deadly ending.
Low passages of Russian planes on U.S. Navy warships (and vice versa) are somehow frequent as the recent flybys of Russian Su-24 Fencer bombers on USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea prove.
Usually, such “shows of force” are uneventful, however, about 50 years ago, a close encounter at sea had a deadly ending.
On May 25, 1968 a Soviet Badger-F aircraft flew some very low flybys close to USN carrier USS Essex in the Norwegian sea.
After the last pass, the aircraft, piloted by Colonel Andrey Pliyev, stalled and crashed into the sea.
According to “Cold War Warriors” the footage was considered classified by the Soviets and never shown in Russia until 2008.