The first Russian airport opened in October, 1910. It was situated on Khodynka Field and was called Khodynsky. It takes its name from the small Khodynka River which used to cross the neighborhood. Major constructions on the field included the 19th century military barracks and the Botkin Hospital. The field is best
known as the site of a tragic accident that happened on May 18th, 1896. Too many people gathered on the field to receive a gift they distributed during the festivities of the crowning of Nicholas II. As a result, 1389 people were trampled to death and roughly 1300 were otherwise injured.