Ukrainian nuclear agency worker Viktor Kozlov received an unusual birthday gift from his wife Maryna: tickets for a 90-minute flight over Chornobyl, the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, Reuters reports.
The trip gives passengers a bird's eye view of the abandoned buildings in the ghost town of Pripyat that once housed nuclear workers, and the massive domed structure now covering the reactor that exploded on April 26, 1986.
"I read a lot about the Chornobyl accident and I know every second of the disaster timeline," Kozlov, whose interest in the industry was prompted by having grown up in another town with a nuclear plant, said during the flight.
"I was surprised by the nature around the plant. It looks so pure, nature won over a human here," he added.
For Pilot Yevhen Nechyporenko, the flights over Chornobyl reminded him of his childhood when he spent the summer holidays near the area.
"It attracts people like a magnet. Also by looking at these places from above, you imagine yourself there," he said in the cockpit.
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