This airport does not have rescuers, firemen and security… As if to make it even more depressing they mounted a monument to victims of a plane crash right on the runway! Each time pilots are taking off they see this silent reminder of someone’s bad luck…
The airport in the northernmost settlement of Russia, named Dixon, was built in the 1930s, in the period of dynamic exploration of the north. Blogger nikitskij came there right from an icebreaker.
The airport is used by passenger planes and aircraft that perform flights for high-latitude expeditions and state border protection.
It’s the only modern building here.
The plane flies from Dixon only twice a month and only to Norilsk, it’s almost impossible to book a ticket (tickets are sold just before a flight).
On September 24, 1995 in the Kara Sea near the polar station Sterlegovo crashed helicopter Mi-28 belonging to the Dixon airline, fifteen crew members and passengers died in the accident.
The runway. In 2010 they suspended it’s use due to it’s bad condition.
Snowmobiles come close to the planes.
This settlement had been propspering with population of 7000 people back before the Soviet collapse. Numerous fuel tankers are still here, as you see.
Today Dixon is populated by only 500 people.
When you fly away you see the same snowy landscape from a plane window for a long time…
This shot was taken upon arrival in Norilsk. Do you see the elderly person next to the policeman? He was accused of paedophilia and sentenced to fourteen years of prison. And as it has been already mentioned only 500 people inhabit Dixon, remember?