7-year-old daughter of Ukrainian plane crash victim had a ‘premonition’ minutes before dying in a fireball
The navigator’s seven-year-old daughter who died in the Ukrainian military plane sent her father a horror a few minutes before the fireball accident that killed all but one of 27 on board.
Liza Ostapenko seemed to have a premonition of the terrible tragedy in which only one military cadet survived.
“I’m just worried about you,” the girl said to Captain Oleksiy Ostapenko, 28, second in command of the ill-fated An-28, who was killed in the inferno.
He had received the message from his daughter and replied from the cockpit at 8:25 pm on Friday, “Don’t worry, everything will be fine!”
At 8:35 p.m., he added smiling emojis.
About ten minutes later, the plane crashed with reports suggesting the left engine had failed and the wing was on fire before landing.
The crash was shortly after takeoff when the plane attempted an emergency landing.
Oleksiy Ostapenko, 28, who was second in command of the ill-fated An-28 plane, received a message from his daughter Liza just 10 minutes before the crash (pictured together)
Ukrainian military plane crashed, killing all but one of 27 on board (wreckage in aftermath)
When her mother Olena learned of Oleksiy’s death, Liza tried to comfort her by revealing her father’s recent words.
Olena told TSN channel: “My daughter said to me,” Mom, hold on, maybe he will answer? “
She pulled out her phone and I saw this exchange.
“It’s not that I wasn’t touched by this … it’s more about feeling like she seemed to be anticipating something at the time.”
At 9:15 PM, the girl texted her father again, “Daddy are you alive?”
There was no answer.
Liza’s first previous message to her father was not revealed, but it led to him replying, “Lizusha (Liza), so what happened?”
It was then that she told him she was worried about him.
Oleksiy (pictured next to Liza) had responded to the message from the cockpit on Friday at 8:25 pm to say ‘don’t worry, everything will be fine!’
Liza tried to comfort her mother Olena after learning of Oleksiy’s death by revealing her father’s recent words (photo exchange)
Olena said of her husband: “This was his profession, his calling. And he did well, he knew this well. He knew nothing but flying. ‘
The explosion was so intense that it is expected to take between two and three weeks for most of the charred military cadets and their trainers to be identified with DNA.
The sole survivor of the air horror Vyacheslav Zolochevskyi, an apprentice pilot, has spoken with crash investigators about the last minutes before the crash, but his testimony has not been made public.
Now in hospital, his life in no danger, he told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who visited him: “It was like a computer game.
When I regained consciousness next to the plane, I saw the plane on fire.
Layers seem everywhere. I went to extinguish my burning colleague. ‘
Olena said of her husband (in the photo together with Liza): ‘This was his profession, his calling. And he did well, he knew this well. He knew nothing but flying ‘
There are reports suggesting that the left engine of the plane had failed and the wing was on fire before landing (photo)
The father of the lone survivor, Vitaly Zolochevskyi, 50, is a pilot who says he survived three crashed planes, said, “I fell three times.
The fact that my son survived suggests that he really is his father’s son.
‘I visited him today. He really has no fractures, just bruises.
“Everyone says he jumped out of the plane, but that’s not entirely true.
‘He was thrown out, pushed out of there. I also know he tried to save his friend. ‘
The lone survivor of the aerial horror was student pilot Vyacheslav Zolochevskyi (photo)
His mother Irina Zolochevskaya, referring to the date of the crash, said: ‘I am proud of your son! Better!
“Your second birthday is now September 25th!”
One person who responded to the post wrote: ‘Get well soon. God has given you a chance for a reason, I believe you will achieve great success.
‘You are needed here, your mission is not completed. Wait a minute, brother! ‘
Kharkiv regional governor Oleksiy Kucher said, “Investigators have already asked him questions.
He talked about certain circumstances before the crash. They are set out in the interview report. They will be. Later known. ‘
He warned that matching DNA with the charred remains will take time.
Tests for all 25 persons will take place in Kharkiv. This will take two to three weeks. ‘
One Plus One TV channel wondered if the crash could have been caused by foul play.
“It is unclear why the researchers are not considering the sabotage theory,” said a report.
Zolochevskyi remains in hospital (photo), but was able to speak to crash investigators about the last minutes of the flight
The 40-year-old aircraft was inherited from the Soviet Union.
President Zelensky said Ukraine had lost “26 worthy sons” in the crash.
The dead were students or teachers from the National Air Force University.
“It’s hard to find words to express the pain of this loss,” he said.
The plane was about a mile from Chuhuiv military air base when it crashed, and about 60 miles from the front line where government forces are fighting pro-Russian rebels.