Tragedy of 1994: 75 Killed When Pilot Let 16yo Son Fly Plane

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Written By Henry Dalziel

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When a commercial flight from Moscow to Hong Kong crashed in 1994, the pilot’s 16-year-old son was given control of the aircraft. The flight’s 75 passengers were all killed.Vladimir Tatarenkov, the pilot, was a highly skilled and distinguished war veteran. He has flown for more than 3,000 hours. Dmitri, his son, a 16-year-old high school student, had just begun taking flying lessons.Dmitri managed to gain control of the aircraft despite having no prior flying expertise for a brief period before it crashed into a mountainside. The 75 passengers on board were all lost.This tragedy serves as a warning about the perils of letting untrained pilots operate commercial aeroplanes. To operate an aeroplane safely, all pilots must have the required education and experience.
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