Kondratenko, Mikhail Vladimirovich

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May 28, 2022

Mikhail Vladimirovich Kondratenko (born April 29, 1975, Akhtubinsk, Astrakhan Region, RSFSR, USSR) is a Russian test pilot, Hero of the Russian Federation (2021).

Biography

Mikhail Vladimirovich Kondratenko was born on April 29, 1975 in the city of Akhtubinsk, Astrakhan Region. Father - Vladimir Kondratenko, test pilot. Since 1982 he lived in Zhukovsky, in the Moscow region, where he graduated from the flying club in 1991. In 1993, he entered the military service in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, starting to study at the Tambov Higher Military Aviation School named after M. M. Raskova, from which he graduated in 1998. In the same year, he retired with the rank of lieutenant. In 1999, he started working as a test pilot at the M. M. Gromov Flight Research Institute, and in 2000 he graduated from the A. V. Fedotov Test Pilot School. Participated in the testing of a number of heavy aircraft. On October 5, 2018, Kondratenko, as an instructor, together with E. A. Krutov, took part in the pre-flight tests of the MiG-29LL laboratory aircraft (tail number 84) in Zhukovsky as a commander. Taking off at 10 hours 38 minutes, after about six minutes the plane reached a height of 10 thousand, after which Krutov began to fulfill the assigned task, becoming to perform aerobatic maneuvers. In the process of taking the aircraft out of the loop, a blow was heard in the rear of the fuselage, after which a fire started in the left engine, which then spread to the right one. Without attempting to eject, the pilots took the plane out of the clouds, seeing the residential high-rise buildings of Voskresensk. After they took the plane away from the houses in the area of ​​​​the forest and fields, the control completely failed. The plane practically flew sideways, but the pilots managed to eject, their parachutes successfully opened. Krutov landed normally, however, Kondratenko suffered a back injury, and both of them were soon found, taken to Ramenskoye Airport and then to Zhukovsky Central City Hospital for examination. As a result of the disaster, the institute lost the only MiG-29, and a special commission was created to investigate the causes of the incident. The plane crashed near Yegorievsk, near the village of Dmitrovtsy, in a deserted place, without causing casualties and destruction on the ground.