Photo: Eugene biyatov / RIA Novosti
The pilot, who worked in pair with Roman Filippovym, spoke about trying to cover up with air to their commander. He told this to the correspondent of the newspaper “Red star”.
The pilot of the second su-25 explained that the first marked the time of the attack and warned the leader that by “work”. “And then so quietly, like it was said about something trivial and minor: “I’ve been shot. Well got the fire right [engine], left becomes…””—quoted pilot negotiations in the sky, adding that the last order Filipova was the requirement to go into the clouds and cause a search and rescue team.
The co-pilot in violation of the order continued to cover commander. “Remained in the area and has performed several attacks, have worked on cars that were approaching the olive grove, where had an affair. Destroyed two cars. The landing place of the commander I saw, but the fight itself — no, it was dusk… I had to Go to the emergency remaining fuel”, — said the pilot.
The name of the partner Filipova was not disclosed.
Filipov was killed February 3 in Idlib after his su-25 was shot down by rebels using a portable anti-aircraft missile system. The pilot ejected and landed, and then took the fight. For some time he was fired from staff weapons, and eventually blew himself up with a grenade to avoid capture. He was posthumously awarded the title Hero of Russia.
6 Feb body Filipova had been returned to Russia by common efforts of Moscow and Ankara. The operation involved Russian military intelligence officers and their Turkish counterparts.
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