Watch this scary video of a Ukrainian Su-27 almost crashing into the ground while performing yet another insane low pass

Nov 22 2016 - 11 Comments

This time a Flanker gets a handful of meters from the ground and a bystander…

Ukrainian Air Force pilots love flying low and be filmed in the process.

In the last couple of years we have published several videos showing pretty dangerous low passes: a Su-25 Frogfoot buzzing a group of female soldiers posing for a photograph, another one performing a low passage along a taxiway of a military airfield in northwestern Ukraine, a Mig-29 overflying pro-Russia separatist blocking rails, an Ilyushin Il-76 buzzing some Su-25s and Frogfoots returning the favor while buzzing the tower, an Mi-17 helicopter flying among the cars on a highway and another fully armed Mig-29 Fulcrum in the livery of the Ukrainian Falcons aerobatic display team flying over an apron at an airbase in Ukraine.

Here’s the latest chapter of the low pass sage: a Su-27 flying really low over a group of people after performing a low approach at an airbase in Ukraine.

The Flankers can be seen approaching the runway then break: one of the aircraft turns left towards the apron, gets dangerously close to the ground before climbing towards the cameraman.

Ukrainian Flankers were among the highlights of the recent Malta International Airshow.

H/T to @romankappa for the heads-up


  • Shouldn’t they…like…….spare the scarce resources for stuff like defending their country?

  • phuzz

    Congratulations to whoever is holding the camera for not even ducking when that thing came towards him.

  • leroy

    To the Ukrainians I say, don’t worry. Some day we’ll make you a member of NATO, which as a sovereign nation is your right to do if you so desire, and then you can get rid of all those useless Russian fighters and buy new ones that are truly capable – Western fighters. Imagine your blue and yellow flag painted on the side of the latest block F-16, or perhaps the very capable F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. A Typhoon, Gripen or Rafale. Heck even refurbished fighters taken from the Boneyard would be better than the Russian ones you fly now.

    Sorry we can’t ever sell you F-35s. The high-technology would be stolen and sent to Russia or China. You see those two nations salivate over F-35’s technology, they can’t build or duplicate it, and we just can’t take the chance. No problem. Any Western fighter is more than a match for even the newest MiG or Sukhoi. Any could take out Su-35 or T-50. I’m sure our manufactures could work some sort of guarantee!

    • sglover

      “Some day we’ll make you a member of NATO, which as a sovereign nation is your right to do if you so desire”

      You really don’t seem to know much about anything beyond posing in a manner that **you think** makes you look “tough” and “informed”. There’s not a helluva lot of enthusiasm for NATO among Ukrainians themselves. That aversion is exceeded only by the attitude of other NATO states for Ukrainian membership.

      Maybe you should stick to playing with Revell models.

      • leroy

        In the end, it is the U.S. that will decide whether to pursue Ukraine’s admission into NATO. The U.S. maintains control over the alliance. Both de facto and real. And the Ukrainians want in. They want into NATO and the EU (or if not the EU a pan-Euro economic bloc. The EU may not survive. NATO will). Now will Ukraine gain admission soon? Maybe not. Maybe they’ll have to wait a while, but humanity being what it is – people by their nature yearning for independence, freedom and prosperity, something never to be found if allied with a decrepit and corrupt, impoverished Russia – eventually the Ukraine will be fully integrated with the West. It is their only way forward, and as such it’s only a matter of time.

        BTW – better to play with Revell models than Barbie dolls (nothing against your parents for buying them for you. They thought it would make you a kinder, gentler person. Little did they know that it would only affect your now very confused sexuality).

    • Holztransistor

      Like the “additions” to NATO would mean anything more than being cannon fodder. Nobody in the media is talking about Ukraine anymore. It’s a frozen conflict and a lost cause for the west and they know it. Ukraine could never buy “modern” western planes. They are bankrupt and unlike the US (the Fed), they can’t just print more money. Not that any war ever has brought benefits to other people than those who already were rich (All wars are banker’s wars.). Tell me what normal Ukrainians have gained. Are they living happy lives now, after the Maidan coup?

      leroy really sounds like an arms manufacturer’s sales man. Every post is an ad along with lots of nonsense.

  • Holztransistor

    It’s not like there was a war for Crimea. There was a secession and then they joined Russia. And just before that, the elected government in Kiev was overthrown by people that were supported by the west in general and NGOs funded by Soros. Nothing got better for the people in Ukraine after that. About 2.6 million Ukrainians did go to Russia, mostly people who lived in Donbass. They were the ones that were shelled by the Ukrainian army as part of an “anti terror operation” almost every night.

  • Igor Z

    No, Ukraine lost Crimea because its military was gutted with impunity while Russian intelligence decimated the rest. But in a sense, you are correct that all it had was show.

  • Pete

    NOT a low pass, looked like an aborted dual landing and trying to gain separation from the other aircraft…. NOT a low pass.

  • FoilHatWearer

    I like the guy on the far left running to the left of the camera view. Running 12 MPH to get out of the path of a speeding jet fighter doesn’t work too well but I don’t blame him for trying. Ironically, as he runs to get out of the jet path, the pilot dips his right wing right toward him and you see him disappear into the tall grass as he hits the deck. It’s utterly appalling that that kind of flying is allowed by that air force.

    Everybody loves a low pass until the guy crashes. People were singing Bud Holland’s praises right up until he slammed his B-52 into the ground, nearly hitting a building where a retirement ceremony was being held for a popular colonel on base.

  • benzobak3

    Failure in left engine.