We prepared 20+ Photos of an abandoned Soviet TU-14 and Ilyushin Il-28 aircraft. The wreckage of two abandoned Soviet aircraft sits with rusted hardware on the highest mountain of the Livadiysky ridge (until 1972 – the Pidan ridge). Livadiysky ridge is a ridge in southern Primorye, part of the Sikhote-Alin mountain system.
The height of the mountain is 1120 meters. Due to the fact that you can get to it only by your own transport, it is not very popular among tourists. The trails are rather poorly read and it is easy to get off track. In 1954, a Soviet torpedo bomber TU-14T of the Pacific Fleet Air Force was destroyed on its slopes, shot down by mistake by its own Soviet fighters, who confused it with an American reconnaissance aircraft.
The accident happened on the night of December 3, 1954 over the Peter the Great Bay. A group of Soviet torpedo bombers was returning from training flights over the sea. But Muzhavlev’s plane lagged behind and went last. It was spotted by air defense radars and did not respond to repeated requests. Most likely, the identification system and communication on the plane failed.
Two Soviet MiG-15 fighters on the duty of the Pacific Fleet Air Force were promptly raised to intercept. In the dark, the pilot of the leading MiG-15 fighter perceived the stars on the fuselage as NATO and deciding that the American Canberra, which had lined up with Soviet aircraft under cover of night, decided to open fire. The TU-14T torpedo bomber caught fire and steeply went down. The MiG pilots could not observe the fall of the Tu-14T in the dark due to the high speed of both the fighters themselves and the rapid fall of the shot down the target and went to the airfield.
The Soviet TU-14T torpedo bomber lay in the taiga for many years and only in 2008 was it found by the Aviapoisk team. The remains of pilot lieutenant Valery Muzhavlev, navigator-lieutenant Yuri Makrichuk, and air gunner-radio operator sailor Yevgeny Vasilyuk were recovered and buried with honors.
Closer to the summit lies another Soviet IL-28T plane that crashed in February 1955 due to bad weather conditions with the entire crew. For many years aircraft was considered missing and only many years later the search team managed to find Soviet aircraft wreckage and the remains of the crew members, which were later also recovered and buried with military honors. On the northern side of the slope, since 1957, there are the wreckage of a Soviet MIG-17F jet fighter. The plane had an engine failure and it crashed onto the slope. The pilot managed to eject and survived. Many parts of aviation equipment were not significantly damaged. MIG-17F can be considered a monument of the mountain.
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Coordinates: 43.088017, 132.788162