The New York Times: Enemies At Odds: Russian Pilot Causes Chaos with Poland and Germany

By Bev Soriano | February 3rd, 2018

Late last night, a Russian Sukhoi-27 fighter aircraft crashed into a German frigate in the north of Poland. Apparently, the aircraft was only supposed to buzz the ship but descended suddenly, sending it crashing to the ship. The collision devastated the frigate, leaving many dead sailors and countless others trapped in the damage. While the Russian government has yet to make a statement on the incident; the official report was released today declaring that the nameless Russian pilot also died in the collision.

Early this morning, the official report published by German and Polish authorities found that the plane supposedly crashed into the ship due to “inclement weather and a low pressure pocket.” This is odd as not only was yesterday’s weather in Northern Poland sunny, but a low pressure pocket only causes crashes on the extremely rare occasion. A low pressure pocket, also known as an “air pocket,” is an routine occurrence on an airplane- known in modern jargon as turbulence. While extreme turbulence may result in an abrupt crash, it is highly unlikely that the turbulence experienced by a fighter aircraft during a sunny day could have resulted in an accidental crash.

The conclusion in the crashing is based on an official full inspection of both the ship records and the black box “flight recorder” atop the Russian aircraft. This crash is the latest in many close calls and other hostile interactions involving Russian aircrafts. While it remains unclear if the German and Polish authorities are covering up the true cause of the crash, the question remains: have the previous hostilities between Russia and Germany returned?