Video of RUSSIAN Tu-22M3 BACKFIRE Runway Overshoot During Aborted Take-off

Video of RUSSIAN Tu-22M3 BACKFIRE Runway Overshoot During Aborted Take-off

on Sep. 14, 2017 a Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3  bomber overshot the runway while taking off at Shaikavka airbase (Kaluga region) during Zapad 2017 exercise.

The crew was attempting to make a take-off when they decided to abort. However, the aircraft was unable to stop in time.

The heavy bomber said to be near maximum take-off weight at the time of the accident

The aircraft is attributed to the 52nd Guards Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment.

 

“The cause of the accident was the failure of speed sensors during the take-off, resulting in the crew decided to stop taking off.” There have been no official statements released about the cause of the accident.

The four crew members on board the large supersonic strategic bomber were not injured in the accident.

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One Russian language news outlet quoted a “high-ranking source” as saying, “The cause of the accident was the failure of speed sensors during the take-off, resulting in the crew decided to stop taking off.” There have been no official statements released about the cause of the accident. The four crew members on board the large supersonic strategic bomber were not injured in the accident.

This is the third similar incident reported in Russian media during take-off of a Tu-22M3 bomber. The first two incidents were less serious since the aircraft involved were at lower take-off weights and could stop short of the end of the runway.

 

This is the third similar incident reported in Russian media during take-off of a Tu-22M3 bomber. The first two incidents were less serious since the aircraft involved were at lower take-off weights and could stop short of the end of the runway.

The bomber is said to be damaged beyond repair.

The Tupolev Tu-22M Backfire is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing, long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber developed by the Tupolev Design Bureau. During the Cold War, the Tu-22M was operated by the Soviet Air Force (VVS) in a strategic bombing role, and by the Soviet Naval Aviation in a long-range maritime anti-shipping role. Significant numbers remain in service with the Russian Air and Space Force (RuASF): as of 2014 more than 100 Tu-22Ms were in use.

The Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 can be compared to the U.S. B-1B heavy bomber. Both aircraft are supersonic and use variable geometry swept wings. The Tu-22M3 however, is a twin-engine aircraft compared to the four engines on the B-1B of the U.S. Air Force. The two aircraft are of roughly similar size with the Tu-22M3 being slightly smaller than it’s U.S. counterpart, the B-1B.

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