President of Belarus Lukashenko conferred the title of heroes on the pilots who died near Baranovichi
Heroes of Belarus. The decree on awarding the highest rank of the republic to the servicemen killed near Baranovichi was signed on November 24 by the president of the republic, Alexander Lukashenko. This was reported in the press service of the head of state.
Two pilots of the Lida assault airbase received an award for their courage and heroism during the execution of their military duty. On May 19, 2021, the officers performing the training flight encountered a failure of the control system of the Yak-130 aircraft. At this time, the plane was over residential buildings. During maneuvering, the pilots managed to direct the falling Yak past the houses. Thanks to this act, civilian casualties were avoided, but the pilots of the plane, Nichiporchik and Kukonenko, were killed.
An explosion from the plane's fall was caught on video. “In a matter of minutes, it collapsed – and all the services were already there. Sorry for the lost pilots, sorry for the people … And why do planes fly over the city? ” – one of the witnesses of the incident was indignant.
The title of Hero of Belarus before the signing of this decree was awarded in the republic only 11 times, of which in two cases – posthumously. The last time the award for high professional skill and exceptional sports achievements was received in 2014 was biathlete Daria Domracheva, who became the most titled athlete in the history of the Winter Olympic Games.
Earlier it became known that 31 employees were awarded (of which 26 were posthumously ) OMON with the title of Hero of Russia. Rosgvardeytsy received a high award for performing professional duties associated with a risk to life. More than 1000 people in Russia hold the title of hero of the country.