The tragic story of the Ovechkin family

The tragic story of the Ovechkin family

1Climbing aboard the Tu-154, performing a flight on the route Irkutsk - Kurgan - Leningrad, many passengers made plans for the evening: someone flew home, someone to visit or on business. Ninel Ovechkina and her children also had their own special plan, for which an exemplary family had been preparing for almost half a year - hijacking an airplane and a daring escape from the Soviet Union.

On March 8, 1988, the passengers of the Tu-154 flying from Irkutsk to Leningrad were in high spirits. They did not yet know that the Ovechkin family with many children who was flying with them would hijack a plane in a few hours and demand to fly to London.

"Poor" Ovechkin

Ovechkin lived modestly, his father liked to drink, so the mother, Ninel Sergeevna, was mainly engaged in raising 11 children. A woman has always been an authority for all members of a large family, but having become a widow in 1984, she further strengthened her influence on her household. She noticed that her boys - Vasily, Dmitry, Oleg, Alexander, Igor, Mikhail and little Sergey - are incredibly musical. In 1983, the sons organized the jazz ensemble “Seven Simeonov”. The success was colossal.A documentary was filmed about gifted musicians. The state, from the strong embraces of which they subsequently want to escape, has given mothers of two children with two three-room apartments. The talented seven out of the competition were accepted into the Gnesins' school, but because of their tours and regular rehearsals, “Simeons” left school after a year. In 1987, Ovechkin had an incredible chance at that time - a trip to Japan, where young talents were supposed to perform in front of a huge audience. Perhaps it was these tours that subsequently pushed the brothers to a terrible crime. Having escaped from the Union, they no longer wanted to live "in the country of queues and shortages." Later, one of the survivors of Ovechkin will tell the investigation that during foreign tours, young people made a lucrative offer - a good contract with an English recording company. Even then, the brothers were ready to say yes and stay in a foreign land. But having done this, they could forever say goodbye to their mother and sisters, who would never have been released from the Soviet Union. Then the musicians decided that in the near future at any price they would leave “Sovka”, and began to prepare to run away from the country.

Seriously

The flight on the route Irkutsk - Kurgan - Leningrad was calm. But when the aircraft landed in Kurgan for refueling and took off again, it became clear that the plane would not reach the northern capital on that day. Ovechkin began to act quickly, according to the previously worked out scheme. Through the flight attendant, the brothers handed the pilots a note in which they demanded a sharp change of route and fly to London. Otherwise, the invaders promised to blow up the plane. At first, the pilots thought that the musicians were joking. However, when the older Ovechkins took the edge and began to threaten the passengers, it became clear that the criminals were determined. It was necessary to neutralize the armed terrorists as soon as possible before they killed anyone, but how was this to be done? The second pilot suggested that the commander deal with the invaders independently. The crew had a personal weapon - Makarov pistols. In case of danger, the pilots had the right to shoot to kill. However, fearing the consequences, they decided to abandon the risky plan and wait for instructions from the ground. There, the KGB officers took over the leadership of the operation.At first they tried to come to terms with the young terrorists: they were offered to disembark all the passengers in exchange for refueling the plane and a guaranteed flight to Helsinki. But the “Seven Simeonov” led by the mother did not want to make concessions. Then flight engineer Innocent Stupakov came out to negotiate with armed criminals. The man was given clear instructions - to convince Ovechkiny that the fuel is running out, which means that it is necessary to urgently sit down. The young people believed Stupakov and were ready to land anywhere. Anywhere, but outside the Soviet Union. After some discussion, the invaders gave the command to take a course on Finland. Next to the negotiations with the brothers came stewardess Tamara Hot. She told novice criminals that were beginning to be nervous that the aircraft would soon land in the Finnish city of Kotka. From this moment on, the flight crew’s task was to imitate the flight to Finland. It was decided to land at the Veshchevo military airfield, near Leningrad, the crew hoped that Ovechkin would not notice the deception and that as soon as the aircraft landed, the terrorists would be disarmed.

At 16:05 the plane landed safely in the Ware, everything went well. The newly-minted terrorists did not suspect that they are still in their homeland. But then something happened that broke the coup of the entire capture operation. Suddenly, the Soviet military began to approach the aircraft from all sides. It dawned on Ovechkin - all this time they remained in the “fucking Sovka”, the stories about Finland were a lie! In anger, 24-year-old Dmitry immediately shot to the focus flight attendant Tamara Zharkuyu. At the same time, Ninel Ovechkina gave the command to storm the cockpit. But the attempt to break through to the pilots was a fiasco, then the brothers threatened to start shooting passengers if the plane was not filled and did not allow it to safely take off. Terrorists flatly refused to let go even women and children. When the family saw the refueling truck, they released the flight engineer outside to open the fuel tanks. In fact, there was a gas station, but it worked as a kind of screen - an entire performance was held outside. Everything was subordinated to one goal - to pull time, until two groups of capture were selected for the plane. According to the plan, several armed fighters of the special group were to get on board the Tu-154 through a window in the cockpit, others - through the entrance to the tail.When the plane took off and began to taxi onto the runway, the operation to capture and neutralize Ovechkina began.

Terrorist reserve plan

In 1988, the system of law enforcement bodies of the USSR was not yet designed to counter terrorists, the goal of which is civilians. Just because the attacks themselves or attempts to conduct them were extremely rare one-time actions. Accordingly, the mechanisms for seizing terrorists and freeing hostages were not worked out. There were no units specially trained for such actions in every major city or regional center. In the role of special forces were officers of the patrol service. This explains how they acted while trying to neutralize the Ovechkin brothers. The first attackers began in the cockpit. They opened fire, but unfortunate arrows did not hit the brothers, but managed to injure four passengers. Ovechkin turned out to be much more accurate; in the return fire, terrorists injured soldiers, who eventually disappeared behind an armored cockpit door. The assault from the tail was also unsuccessful, having opened the hatch,the special forces began shooting at the invaders' legs, but all was in vain. According to eyewitnesses, the terrorists were rushing around the cabin, like beasts driven into a cage. But at some point Ninel gathered around her four sons: Vasily, Dmitry, Oleg and Alexander. Passengers did not immediately understand what these people were trying to do. Meanwhile, Ovechkin said goodbye to each other and set fire to one of the improvised bombs. It turns out that even before the capture of the aircraft, the family agreed to commit suicide in the event of the failure of the operation. A second later, an explosion thundered, causing only Alexander to die. The plane caught fire, panic began, a fire broke out. But the terrorists continued their work. Ninel ordered the eldest son Basil to kill her, he shot his mother without hesitation. Dmitry, then Oleg, was next to the edge of the crop. 17-year-old Igor did not want to say goodbye to life and hid in the toilet - he knew that if his brother found him, he could not survive. But Vasily had no time to look; there was very little time left. Having settled with Oleg, he shot himself. In the meantime, one of the passengers opened the door not equipped with a ladder; fleeing from fire, people began to jump out of the plane, they all received serious injuries and fractures. When the capture group finally got on board, the fighters began to withdraw people.At eight o'clock in the evening the operation to free the hostages was completed. As a result of the attempted theft, four civilians were killed - three passengers and a stewardess. 15 people received various injuries. Of the seven Ovechkin killed five.

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