Oleksandr Akopov on his act of bravery and his resemblance with Russia's Lavrov

Author : Oleksander Akopov

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukrainian pilot landed a hail-damaged passenger plane at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport in extremely difficult weather conditions, saving lives of 121 passengers and 6 crew members
21:14, 3 August 2017

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You were not the first who took off that day. Why did you decide to take off?

Because there was no reason not to take off. In turn, we flew fifth. Taxiing operation was about 55 minutes. In the process of taxiing there was very heavy rain with a small hail. I had to stop. After that, it was over. The only thing is that our locator did not work properly. Locator showed us the thunderstorm, somewhere in the 1.5-1 mile from us, and it was already impossible to turn back. These are the defects of our aviation systems.

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How exactly did you land this plane?"What was the most terrible thing?

I looked in the window. All the front windows were beaten by the hail. I could see nothing.

You are now called a hero, you are awarded by the president. How do you feel about this?

To be honest, I did not expect such a resonance. I am very pleased to be congratulated the President, congratulated by the Minister of Infrastructure, who flew yesterday for vacation with his family. It is very pleasant that such moments are not forgotten.

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Now people in social networks are discussing your page with a photograph of Lavrov. What can you say about this?

Before the beginning of this war, one of the conductors, took a photo of me. She noticed that I looked like him. It was published by her. I just look like him, so now what?

What are your future plans?

We will prepare the crew. I am the training manager of this airline. I think that in order for our fleet to develop, we will be engaged in training. We will continue to work.


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