Russian pilot who died while saving 43 passengers to receive posthumous state honor
The tragedy happened in June of this year in the Buryatia Region of eastern Siberia. The An-24 aircraft, operated by Angara Airlines, was on a domestic flight when one of its engines broke down, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing. The plane then skidded off the runway, crashing into a nearby sewage plant and caught fire.
Captain Vladimir Kolomin and flight engineer Oleg Bardanov were killed, while the 43 passengers on board were rescued. Kolomin and Bardanov will each be posthumously awarded the Order of Courage, local authorities said on Thursday.Also on rt.com Heroes of Russia: Putin awards pilots with country’s highest honor for saving 233 lives
First officer Sergey Sazonov and stewardess Yelena Laputskaya, who evacuated the passengers, will each receive the Nesterov Medal. The honor, which is awarded to flight crews for bravery, is named after aviation pioneer Pyotr Nesterov. In the early days of WWI, he became the first pilot to destroy an enemy plane by ramming it during aerial combat. Nesterov died during the attack.
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