Capturing an Ovechkin Family Plane
In 1988, a shocking event occurred in the USSR. On March 8, the Irkutsk family of Ovechkin family, consisting of a mother and 11 children, attempted to seize the Tu-154 aircraft with the aim of fleeing from the Soviet Union abroad.
However, their idea failed: after the aircraft landed not where they needed it, it was taken by assault. At the same time, five newly-made terrorists died: the mother, Ninel Ovechkina, and her four eldest sons. A demonstration trial was conducted on the surviving children. We would like to highlight this topic and tell how the Ovechkin family captured the plane.
In that ill-starred year, the Ovechkin family consisted of a mother, Ninel Sergeevna, and 11 children aged 9 to 32 years. There was another, the oldest daughter, Lyudmila, but by that time she had already married and lived separately from her relatives, and therefore did not participate in the seizure of the aircraft. He was once in the family and his father, but he died in 1984 from the severe beatings that his eldest sons awarded.However, then there was no evidence, and if there was such an incident in the biography of Ovechkin, then for what the sons beat their own father is not clear.
From left to right: Olga, Tatiana, Dmitry, Ninel Sergeyevna with Ulyana and Sergey, Alexander, Mikhail, Oleg, Vasily
The male member of the Ovechkin family consisted of seven brothers who were engaged in music from an early age. They even in 1983 asked for help from a teacher of the Irkutsk School of Arts, so that he would help them in creating a family jazz band, the so-called jazz band. The teacher was not averse, and as a result the jazz group "Seven Simeon" appeared.
Gradually, the new group began to gain popularity. The brothers began to be invited to play at local events held in Irkutsk. They even performed in the city park on holidays. But a truly major success came to them in 1984, when they took part in the Jazz-85 festival at the national level. After him, "Seven Simeonov" began to be invited to shoot in television programs and even filmed a documentary about them. In 1987, the Ovechkin family, consisting of a mother and sons, was invited to tour Japan.It was then that the head of the family Ninel Ovechkina, having been on the other side of the Iron Curtain, came to the conclusion that they were very unlucky to be born and live in the Soviet Union. Therefore, the idea to escape from the USSR appeared.
During their tour of Japan, everyone came to the conclusion that with such talent and success they could achieve real fame abroad. After returning home, the Ovechkin family, headed by Ninel Sergeyevna, began to carry out an escape plan. Since in the USSR everyone would not be allowed to go abroad, the family decided to seize the plane on domestic airlines and then send it to another country.
The implementation of the plan was appointed on March 8, 1988. On that day, the whole Ovechkin family, except for the eldest daughter Lyudmila, who was not in the know, bought tickets for the Tu-154 plane on the flight Irkutsk - Kurgan - Leningrad. Friends and employees of the airport, it was stated that Ovechkin flew on tour and therefore take with them a lot of musical instruments. Naturally, they were not thoroughly inspected. As a result, the criminals managed to carry on board the aircraft two weapon-cutters, one hundred cartridges and improvised explosives.All this stuff was hidden in musical instruments. Moreover, by the time the plane was hijacked, the Ovechkin family had already managed to sell all the things from home and buy new clothes in order to pass for theirs abroad.
CAPTURE OF THE PLANE
Nine-year-old Sergey Ovechkin
Already at the very end of his journey, when the plane flew up to Leningrad, Ovechkin, through a stewardess, sent a note demanding to fly to London or any other capital of Western Europe. Otherwise, they threaten to blow up the plane. However, the crew of the aircraft decided to cheat and told the terrorists that the plane did not have enough fuel, and therefore it would need refueling. It was stated that the aircraft would be refueled in Finland, but the pilots who had contacted ground services had landed the aircraft at a military airfield not far from the Soviet-Finnish border.
TRAGEDY ON BOARD
Olga Ovechkina on trial
Noticing the Soviet soldiers at the airport, Ovechkin realized that they had been decided to deceive them and opened fire. One of the elder brothers shot the stewardess, after which everyone together tried to break the door to the cockpit. Meanwhile, the assault began. Realizing that they had suffered a failure, Ninel Sergeyevna demanded that she be shot, after which they exploded the plane.One of the elder brothers shot his mother, but the bombing turned out to be directional, and the proper effect could not be achieved. But as a result, he killed three passengers and another 36 were injured. After that, the elder brothers - Vasily, Oleg, Dmitry and Alexander - were shot in turn from the edge of the gun. Because of the explosion, a fire started, as a result of which the plane was completely burned out.
On September 8, 1988, the trial of the surviving Ovechkins was held. Older brothers Igor and sister Olga received eight and six years in prison respectively. Minors Ovechkin were originally given to an orphanage. However, then their elder sister Lyudmila took them under her care. Olga, whose daughter was already in prison, and Igor left only half of their terms and were released.