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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-08-2010 05:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Telegraph: Yuri Gagarin death mystery solved after 40 years
...the study claims Gagarin's death during a routine training flight in 1968 was caused by his panicked reaction after realising an air vent in his cockpit was open.

He threw his MiG-15 fighter jet into such a steep dive that he blacked out and crashed into a forest below killing himself and his co-pilot.

Igor Kuznetsov, a retired Soviet air force colonel, believes his findings will end years of conspiracy theories ranging from claims Gagarin was drunk to allegations the accident was staged by jealous Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.

...Col Kuznetsov also raises the suggestion a careless pilot who used the same plane in the days leading up to crash may have been to blame for the open vent.

Until now, it had been thought that Gagarin himself was the last person to use the plane two days previously.

But Kuznetsov says he has now learnt that other pilots simulated a flight in the same plane prior to Gagarin's fatal flight. He believes they may have tampered with the air vent and wants to determine their identity and what kind of training they were doing.

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posted 01-08-2010 05:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for East-Frisian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess, that no one will ever know, what happened exactly.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 01-08-2010 06:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is not a new theory.

Kuznetsov has been propounding this theory since at least 2005.

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posted 01-08-2010 06:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree; in fact Rex Hall and I covered Kuznetsov's findings and theories in depth in our book of last year, "The First Soviet Cosmonaut Team." There is nothing at all new in this Telegraph report, apart from the fact that an attempt is allegedly being made to identify the earlier pilot who may have left the vent open which caused the crash, but after this passage of time - more than forty years - that is extremely unlikely.

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posted 01-08-2010 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has expressed regret over the fact that space exploration history is often distorted and falsified.

Might not this article be related? Perhaps in the light of this new honesty we might find out exactly what happened on Gagarin's last flight.

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posted 01-08-2010 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for golddog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the book "Two Sides of the Moon" Alexei Leonov gave his theory on what happened. He indicated that Gagarin's accident occurred during a routine flight efficiency test in which Gagarin was flying with another pilot in a dual seater to requalify after a period of non flying, and that another aircraft flying at supersonic speed nearby threw their plane into a flat spin from which they could not recover. He also discusses the rumours of Gagarin being drunk, which he debunks.

On edit: after submitting this I then followed the link in Mr Pearlman's message above and note he has already covered Leonov's account.

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posted 01-09-2010 02:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This reminds me of the post a few years ago about See and Bassett, "hot dogging it". False stories start easy. Yuri Gagarin was a hero. Period. It's a shame that forty years have passed and Gagarin's name is still surrounded by mystery.

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posted 01-09-2010 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I second that. It might be worth quoting from "In the Shadow of the Moon" here. On a visit to Star City, Neil Armstrong was shown Yuri Gagarin's office, preserved the way he left it. Armstrong's entry in the visitor's book says it perfectly:

"He called us all into space."

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posted 01-13-2010 01:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hinkler   Click Here to Email hinkler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I find it interesting that some reports of the Gagarin crash mention that the canopy was broken. From memory Yeager cracked the canopy with his helmet when he lost control of the X-1A.

So the theory that control was lost of Gagarin's aircraft after it flew into or was hit by turbulence from another aircraft travelling at or near the speed of sound would make sense.

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posted 07-01-2010 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
RIA Novosti reports today about Vladimir Aksyonov's account of why/how Yuri Gagarin died.

Note: The English-version of RIA Novosti's article confuses the original Russian reporter's name with the name of the cosmonaut cited in the story. Alexander Kovalyov is a journalist, Vladimir Aksyonov is the cosmonaut.

A plausible theory into the mysterious plane crash that killed renowned Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin has been put forward in a limited edition book by fellow-cosmonaut Alexander Kovalyov Vladimir Aksyonov, who was with Gagarin shortly before the fated plane took off.

Gagarin died on March 27, 1968, a little under seven years after becoming the first human to fly to space and orbit Earth. His death came during what should have been a routine practice flight in a MiG-15UTI fighter plane, which crashed near the town of Kirzhach, about 100 kilometers outside Moscow.

Kovalyov Aksyonov said the last report received from Gagarin's plane was that the drill had been completed above the cloud level, at a height of four kilometers.

The cosmonaut explains that Gagarin and flight commander Vladimir Seryogin were under pressure to complete the maneuver in good time because another pilot was scheduled to use the plane after them. They therefore chose to undertake a dive to take them down to the cloud level.

On coming out of the dive, Gagarin and Seryogin hung in the air for a couple of seconds and unexpectedly dropped into the layer of clouds, causing the plane to spiral out of control, Kovalyov Aksyonov said.

According to official data, Gagarin's plane fell from the clouds to the ground almost vertically at a speed of around 700 kilometers an hour.

Kovalyov Aksyonov said the fact that the two pilots did not make any attempts to eject from the plane or signal for help shows that the drop was unexpected.

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posted 07-03-2010 12:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hinkler   Click Here to Email hinkler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have contacts in Russia/Star City who could help with obtaining a copy of the book/publication referred to?

I would think that the information on a cracked canopy and rapid loss of height would be consistent with a loss of control after hitting the wake vortex of another aircraft.

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posted 07-03-2010 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The report doesn't shed much light on the matter. Could be stall/spin on pull-up, disorientation in cloud, exceeding VNE and structural failure...etc.etc

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posted 06-15-2013 02:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Russia Today (RT) reports Alexei Leonov has publicly disclosed the real cause of death of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
According to a declassified report, there is a human factor behind the tragic incident - an unauthorized SU-15 fighter jet was flying dangerously close to Gagarin's aircraft.

Leonov had been in charge of parachute jump training on that day. The weather was extremely bad, with rain, wind and snow making it impossible to carry out exercises. He waited for an official confirmation that the exercises would be cancelled, but then heard a super-sonic noise followed by an explosion only a second apart from each other. That is when he knew something was up.

"We knew that a Su-15 was scheduled to be tested that day, but it was supposed to be flying at the altitude of 10,000 meters or higher, not 450-500 meters. It was a violation of the flight procedure."

Leonov that day talked to witnesses that pointed at the model of a Su-15 saying that it appeared out of the clouds with its tail smoking and burning.

...There is a record of General Zapolskiy talking to the Su-15 pilot that leaves no doubt of the pilot's fault for creating such circumstances that led to the incident.

However, the name of the man responsible for Gagarin's death is still not being disclosed. Keeping him anonymous was a condition under which Leonov was allowed to talk.

It is only known that the pilot is now 80 years old and is in poor health.

"I was asked not to disclose the pilot's name. He is a good test pilot... It will fix nothing," Leonov said.

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posted 06-17-2013 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very interesting and logical.

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posted 06-17-2013 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hinkler   Click Here to Email hinkler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hopefully this will stop the conspiracy theorists who suggest all sorts of reasons for the crash. From everything I had read on the crash over the years the theory that Gagarin and Seryogin lost control of their aircraft after encountering wake vortex from a low flying supersonic aircraft and did not have enough height to recover was the most logical reason for the crash.

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