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Moment plane piloted by Russian businessman and wife crashes after take-off – as grandchildren watch

Spiral of death: Moment plane piloted by Russian businessman and his wife plummets to the ground shortly after take-off… as his grandchildren watch helplessly from below

  • Yuri Samofalov, 69, and Tatyana Pokoevaya, 67, crashed near Moscow on Sunday
  • They were killed instantly when the A-22 plane hit ground and burst into flames
  • It later emerged that the plane had departed without permission


A video shows the tragic moment a couple crashed and died in a two-seater plane moments after take-off – as their horrified grandchildren helplessly watched.

Yuri Samofalov, 69, and his wife Tatyana Pokoevaya, 67, proudly flew the plane near Moscow as their family watched on.

But the aircraft got into trouble and nosedived to the ground shortly after take-off on Sunday.

Pilot Samofalov, a businessman, and his wife died on the spot in their A-22 high-wing light aircraft.

It later emerged that the plane had departed without permission from air traffic controllers at Vakulino airfield in Ruza district.

‘Samofalov has not received permission to take off,’ said a law enforcement source.

Strong cross wins may have contributed to the tragedy, said reports.

The fatal flight was reported to be the first time the couple had flown together in the two-seater Ukrainian-made A-22 aircraft, also called the Flying Fox.

Earlier the grandfather, who owned a construction company, had taken his grandchildren up in the air in the ultralight plane, reported Russian outlet Readovka.

Yuri Samofalov, 69, and his wife Tatyana Pokoevaya, 67, crashed and died in a two-seater plane moments after take-off near Moscow – as their horrified grandchildren helplessly watched

Pilot Samofalov, a businessman, and his wife died on the spot in their A-22 high-wing light aircraft. Above: The moment the plane plunged out of the sky

Pilot Samofalov, a businessman, and his wife died on the spot in their A-22 high-wing light aircraft. Above: The moment the plane plunged out of the sky 

It later emerged that the plane had departed without permission authorisation from air traffic controllers at Vakulino airfield in Ruza district. Above: The remains of their wrecked aircraft is seen being doused with water by a fireman after it exploded in flames

It later emerged that the plane had departed without permission authorisation from air traffic controllers at Vakulino airfield in Ruza district. Above: The remains of their wrecked aircraft is seen being doused with water by a fireman after it exploded in flames

The fatal flight was reported to be the first time the couple had flown together in the two-seater Ukrainian-made A-22 aircraft, also called the Flying Fox

The fatal flight was reported to be the first time the couple had flown together in the two-seater Ukrainian-made A-22 aircraft, also called the Flying Fox

The smouldering wreck of the plane was seen being attended to by firemen

The smouldering wreck of the plane was seen being attended to by firemen

The grass runway at the Vakulino airfield, in Ruza district, is seen from the air

The grass runway at the Vakulino airfield, in Ruza district, is seen from the air 

The cause of the crash in Moscow region is under investigation.

A Russian emergency ministries spokesman said: ‘An accident was reported in the village of Vatulino…

‘An Aeroprakt A-22 high-wing aircraft crashed at Aeroklassika aeroclub.

Samofalov is seen with one of his grandchildren posing in front of another aircraft

Samofalov is seen with one of his grandchildren posing in front of another aircraft

Pokoevaya was the daughter of Russian World War Two Major General of Aviation Grigory Prokofievich Pokoevoy

Samofalov

Pokoevaya was the daughter of Russian World War Two Major General of Aviation Grigory Prokofievich Pokoevoy. Right: Samofalov

‘The crash was followed by a fire …there were two persons onboard.’

Pokoevaya was the daughter of Russian World War Two Major General of Aviation Grigory Prokofievich Pokoevoy.

He reportedly flew 35 sorties in bombers and took part in the Battle of Kursk against Nazi Germany in 1943.   

Earlier the grandfather, who owned a construction company, had taken his grandchildren up in the air in the ultralight plane, reported Readovka

Earlier the grandfather, who owned a construction company, had taken his grandchildren up in the air in the ultralight plane, reported Readovka

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