Russian Pilot: Yes, I Know the Runway Is Covered in Mud. Your Point?

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It was time for this UTAir Antonov An-24 in Bodaybo, Russia to takeoff. The runway is a pile of mud. The tail keeps sliding to the right. But the pilot doesn't care. Like General Winter, General Mud is his friend. So he's getting airborne, one way or another.

At the link, you can watch a video of the takeoff shot from inside the plane.

Link -via Jalopnik

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Honestly- that was downright scary.
Wikipedia says it's a twin-engined 44-seat transport aircraft. I can't imagine anyone being cleared for takeoff with the runway in that condition. Sort of wish we knew the story here...
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