Reporter Gets a Little Too Close To A Landing Russian Tu-160 Blackjack Bomber in Venezuela.

We're not sure who this reporter is, but she obviously skipped the safety briefing. (Photo: RT via Facebook)

Or, How to Get Your Press Credentials Revoked in One Easy Lesson…

Every aviation journalist gets excited about a big story, especially when they get to bring us hot news from live and on location. But aviation reporting can be dangerous, and common sense dictates you give large bombers a wide berth when landing on a foreign runway for the first time. Unless you’re the reporter in this video.

We’re not sure who she is, but she might be in the market for a new job after this “girl on the runway” report where the reporter, obviously excited about the arrival of two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers earlier this week in Venezuela, nearly backs onto the runway as one of the bombers touches down.

The video surfaced today after more sedate news of the Tu-160s visiting Venezuela has been circulating across social and news media.

Given this reporter’s level of enthusiasm, hopefully we see more of her during the week when Russia and Venezuela are conducting joint training exercises with the Tu-160s and Venezuelan Air Force. And hopefully she doesn’t wander onto any active runways. Maybe it is a good thing they didn’t take her on any midair refueling missions yet…

Here’s the video (if the embedded version below does not work, just click here).

This video remids of another “close call”: in July 2018 we published a video of reporter with the Russian The Caucasus Post media outlet who risked being decapitated while filming a news segment featuring some low-flying Mi-24 helicopters in anticipation of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.

About Tom Demerly
Tom Demerly is a feature writer, journalist, photographer and editorialist who has written articles that are published around the world on,, Outside magazine, Business Insider, We Are The Mighty, The Dearborn Press & Guide, National Interest, Russia’s government media outlet Sputnik, and many other publications. Demerly studied journalism at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan. Tom Demerly served in an intelligence gathering unit as a member of the U.S. Army and Michigan National Guard. His military experience includes being Honor Graduate from the U.S. Army Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Georgia (Cycle C-6-1) and as a Scout Observer in a reconnaissance unit, Company “F”, 425th INF (RANGER/AIRBORNE), Long Range Surveillance Unit (LRSU). Demerly is an experienced parachutist, holds advanced SCUBA certifications, has climbed the highest mountains on three continents and visited all seven continents and has flown several types of light aircraft.