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UTair Flight 471 crash, Fog, Russia, Tupolev 134. A similar disaster occurred a few years before Smolensk


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Three years before the Smolensk disaster, a very similar incident occurred in Russia. Fog and poor communication between the crew and the control tower.

In preparation for the flight, the crew studied numerous documents, including weather data at Samara Airport. Each airport has its own minimum horizontal visibility at which an aircraft can still land. The minimum horizontal visibility for landing at the destination airport is 550 meters and vertical visibility is 60 metres.

As the crew prepared to fly, horizontal visibility was only 200 metres. Naturally, landing in such weather was impossible. However, according to the forecast, weather conditions are expected to improve and horizontal visibility to increase to 3 kilometers by the time the aircraft arrives. The captain decided to take off, and 50 passengers boarded.

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