Landing aircraft at night
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Landing aircraft at night. Author's article.

Landing aircraft at night. Author's article.

If you are flying a plane, so well you see how uncomfortable sometimes feel like flying! Landing aircraft at night, turbulence zone or storm clouds beneath you, it all makes tremble, fear arises by itself, I want to grab a chair or just close your eyes, and promise to myself that never again will not fly, and it is not for the you enough!

The flight from Luanda to Kinshasa carried humanitarian cargo destined for a UN mission located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with its center in the city of Kinshasa. As usual, all flights are normal, without any special deviations and accidents, the transportation of humanitarian goods by air, is the daily work of the Mission. 

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So this time, having taken the cargo by order in the city of Luanda, the crew of the IL-76 cargo plane prepared for the flight on the route Luanda - Kinshasa. Everything went according to plan, and having completed all the preparatory work, the plane prepared for taxiing to the runway. The last connection with the center of flight, and now, the plane is gaining acceleration, it rushes faster and faster along the runway, it rattles and roars like a thousand thunderstorms that have exploded, and only after taking off, it becomes calmer in the cabin. 

Once at altitude, and the planning of African spaces, we are flying in the direction of Kinshasa, where the expected load, waiting for your return where friends. 


After flying for a while. The crew receives a summary of unfavorable weather conditions at the airport of destination and gets the team to follow the alternate aerodrome in the city of Mbandaka. The news is disappointing. After all, there, in Kinshasa, which became the home of the crew for the duration of the UN service, we are waiting ... After contacting the airport, and specifying the weather report, the commander of the aircraft asks permission to follow to the destination, despite the summary. The Flight Control Center does not prohibit, and does not recommend. This means that a tacit agreement has been obtained. The joyous news that we were flying home quickly spread among the crew! We fly, so we fly. So soon we will be at home.

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Approaching the destination, the whole crew noticed that under the plane it was not going well, the thunder was bursting with such noise that fear became so strong, and panic crept in more strongly. When landing, when the plane entered the zone of clouds, it became instantly dark, everything disappeared from sight, communication with the airport disappeared. The commander of the ship gave a clear command to the crew to proceed to the landing. But how to sit down? The runway has no lighting. A tropical downpour creates a terrible noise and the day turned into night. All froze ... And suddenly, the push from the landing and the noise of braking the plane! We are on earth, we have arrived, we are at home!


Martynenko Igor G. - UN official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Yeah, flying at night, and even in bad weather - the more fun ... We used to be just flew in late, late in the evening (it was already quite dark), and even in a storm .... That left of the aircraft lightning the right lane is filled with water ... crew, well done - put in such a nightmare - not even rocked ...

That you got, thank you for believing in people

I am very glad that we did it !!!!!!!!!!!!!