In June of 1999, the Sukhoi Company of Russia, unveiled it's new SU-30 MK. It stunned the aviation world with it's sleek appearance and incredible vectored thrust. Sukhoi brought it to France for the International Airshow but on June 12th 1999, disaster struck.
The organisers claimed that the SU-30 pilot had ignored the 1000' display height ceiling yet the Russians claimed that it was due to the disorientation caused by the sun affecting the pilot's perception of height. Whatever, it came down, grazing it's nozzles on the deck and causing the crew to eject.
Over the two previous days I followed the aircraft and it's crew as they made their final display preparations. However, the day of the accident, I decided to 'sit it out'. Lady Luck was not on my side ...
The video of the crash (covered by Russian television) can be found here: youtube.com/watch?v=Yh-kuztsE1s and post-crash images here: aeroworldnet.com/1ls061392.htm