Experts Told What May Happen to Pilots of Shot-Down Russian Bomber
On Tuesday, November 24, Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian bomber Su-24 over Turkish-Syrian border that allegedly had incurred into Turkish airspace. Reportedly, pilots managed to eject. Mil.Today has figured out what may happen to the shot-down pilots and how they should act in such situation.
"Normally, two groups are sent to the accident site, a ground and an air one. The latter may be a helicopter or an airplane group. If the group is airplane-based, it drops a paratroop unit that will search and evacuate the ejected pilot", said Aleksander Akhlustin.
Another aviation expert, a Su-24 pilot and Afghan war veteran Vladimir specified that most likely a helicopter squadron would be sent to find the crew and provide simultaneous air coverage. For instance, in Afghanistan in similar situations they used to send a Mi-8 helicopter and several Mi-24 strike helicopters. "While Mi-24s armed with aircraft-based rockets were shooting back, the Mi-8 landed and evacuated the crew", he explained.
All further actions of pilots depend on the circumstances, said Akhlustin. For example, at quiet area a pilot may stay near the beacon waiting for help, but in the current situation the pilot should rather leave the landing point, find a safe place, camouflage himself and wait for help.