Airline pilot bets he can land while blindfolded – crashes plane killing 70 passengers (1986)

// July 13th, 2016 // Bizarre

On October 20, 1986, the seven-man crew of a Tu-134A aircraft departed from Koltsovo Airport (Sverdlovsk in the Urals, Russia) on route to Grozny aboard Aeroflot Flight 6502. To the 85 passengers, it was a routine flight. However, to pilot in command Alexander Kliuyev, the trip needed a little spice.

While approaching a stopover landing at the Kurumoch Airport, co-pilot Gennady Zhirnov proposed an outlandish dare. Kliuyev agreed and made a bet that he could make an instrument-only landing while blindfolded (some reports say the cockpit windows were curtained). At 3:48 PM, at a height of 1,300 feet, flight engineers pulled blinds over the windshield. Foregoing any visual contact or radio-controlled assistance, Kliuyev began his attempt to touch down while flying blind.

At around 215 feet, the aircraft issued a ground proximity warning. Kliuyev ignored the warning and continued his descent with his eyes closed.  At 3:50 PM, the aircraft touched the ground at over 170 MPH. Breaking its landing gear on impact, the plane “made a gigantic jump

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