August 03, 2002
Ukraine Crash Pt 2

Found this picture on transterrestrial musings. New points:

  • The picture was made after the initial impact. I base this on the condition of the port-side wing and engine pod, which are chewed up in the picture but weren't (or didn't seem to be) in the video. The wingtip hits in the video just as the plane goes out of frame.
  • Note the flames coming out of the afterburner cans. Unfortunately my knowledge of afterburning turbofans is limited to say the least, so I'm not sure if it's normal for afterburners to continue to flame even after engine-out.
  • Judging by the angle and shape of the flames, it doesn't look like the engines were pushing much thrust, if any.
  • This was a long lens, so it's difficult to say how close the crowd in the picture actually is to the wreck.
  • Note the notch on the front of the starbord stabilator. Very strange.
  • The starbord side of the plane is relatively undamaged. This may mean it didn't hit anything before the impact you see in the video.

Anyway, interesting pic.

Posted by scott at August 03, 2002 02:53 PM

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