Back in August, 1995, Russian IL-76TD RA-76842 plane was captured by the militants from Taliban movement. Along with the plane an aircrew was also captured (8 people.) And today the story is going to go about this plane.
IL-76 was owned by a private airlines from Kazan called Aerostan. The plane was subleased out by the Afghan government and was shipping ammunition supplies en-route Tirana-Sharjah-Kabul.
The cargo was conforming with all norms of ICAO and was permitted for shipping. It was not their first flight to Kabul; special radio waves didn’t air any prohibitions or limitations for the flight. Everything was going alright.
But over Afghanistan territory, while the plane was 8,000 meters high, it was captured by MIG-21 fighter jet which was owned by Taliban movement. A short time after the plane was forced to land at the airport of Kandahar city.
Taliban blamed Russia and the air crew altogether in interference with introafghanistan issues and placed the air crew under the increased security until everything will be settled down and all their requirements would be fulfilled.
Vain attempts of Russia, UN, OIC and US to set the crew free lead nowhere.
Every way, either pressure or reasoning one, was depleted. The hard option was almost impossible back then; it will inevitably lead to heavy casualties and death of the whole crew. Even ransom way was put forward. Some backstairs negotiations were conducted with the Taliban authorities. But because of nobody-knows-which matters the mutual agreement unfortunately wasn’t reached.
No sooner than a year passed, 378 days if to be exact, before Russian pilots managed to make an outraging runaway; they played upon a silly blunt of security who allowed them to start repairing the plane.
They were acting as sharp and consistently as ever: engineers were shutting the loading ramp, a pilot was starting engines and a radio operator was checking radio lines. Behavior or the air crew didn’t attract a bit of security’s attention. Maybe just the loading ramp made them somewhat uneasy.
Slowly but firmly they were heading their way to a take-off which was too short. It’s not a fast thing to speed up a huge aircraft with some militants chasing you on a military car. But another capturing didn’t work this time and the plane got off from the last meter of the runway.
In the meantime, the leading pilot tries to fly towards the border with Iran. Thanks God that all then-needed permissions for it were already granted.
While trying to reach the Iran border the plane was flying to the uttermost low altitude (50-100 meters) and being at a radiosilence mode. MIG-21 might have probably been looking for them, though not in Iran but in Russia.
When at the territory of Iran, the plane gained a normal height and in an hour landed at the Sharjah airport (UAE.)
Story and photos via russos