Remarks: Tails, very rare to see out of Tehran or Dubai, aren’t they guys? Sorry for the photo quality, I still couldn’t miss it. I was just squeezed into an armored SUV and on the fly. Instinctively pressed the exposure button on my cheap pocket camera when saw the raw of these tails through the 0,8 inch-thick, faded bulletproof glass. Well this is it. Worth it? EP-ASB originally delivered to Air France in 1980 as F-GCDB.
Remarks: Mfd. 1980 originally as IL-76M for export. Del. to Iraqi Airways March 14 1980 as YI-AKU. Back to the Soviet Union to Ministry of General Machine-building (MOM) September 16 1987 as CCCP-76754. Cvt. IL-76T. In 1993 received Russian prefix. 1994 to Aviatrans, 1999 to Aviast. Sixteen months after this ramp shot was made, October 19 2009 this Ayk Avia plane had aborted its take off run at Sharjah, due to high vibration on accelerating for lift-off. The pilot-in-command instantly aborted the take off by retarding the throttles, and deploying the thrust reversers normally decelerated the giant. The incident investigation revealed, that the vibration caused by the disintegration of the left hand inboard aft wheel at 83 knots (about 155 km/h) on take-off run, due to progressive undetected fatigue stress. Last seen active November 20 2009 in Sharjah as EK-76155.
Remarks: Crashed since on landing somewhere Southwestern Afghanistan, October 8, 2009. Reportedly no fatalities, however the landing was so hard, the port undercarriage smashed completely through the wing. First in database.
Remarks: Tragic moments in Baghlan. The Tajik helicopter lifts off from the improvised helipad of the Hungarian ISAF camp at Pol-e-Khomri, carrying the coffin of the first Hungarian military (EOD) victim of our Afghanistan participation. He was trapped and a secondary device was detonated nearby, killing him while trying to defuse the primary device to save a Baghlan village from an enormous explosion. His replacement was killed the same way two weeks later. This picture is dedicated to all of our fallen comrades, perished in and for this country. First in database.