Yuri Gagarin air crash details emerge

New details have emerged about the air crash on 27 March 1968 that killed Yuri Gagarin — the first man in space.

Fellow cosmonaut Alexey Leonov claims an unauthorised plane flew too close to Gagarin’s fighter jet, sending it into a spin.

Gagarin and his flight instructor Vladimir Seryogin died when their MiG-15 went down near the town of Novoselovo, about 90km from Moscow.

Secrecy surrounding the crash has led to vigorous speculation down the years.

A government investigation of the accident (which Mr Leonov was part of) concluded that the MiG tried to avoid a foreign object — such as geese, or a hot air balloon.

On the conclusions of this original investigation, Mr Leonov said: That conclusion is believable to a civilian — not to a professional.

In an interview with Russia Today, the cosmonaut — who, in 1965, became the first person to walk in space — claimed he had been permitted to share a declassified report showing that a Sukhoi fighter jet flew too close to Gagarin’s MiG, disrupting its flight — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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