March 27, 1968 – Gagarin dies in jet crash
Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was killed in a jet crash on March 27th, 1968. He was only 34 years old. Gagarin was the first person to space. He was born March 9th, 1934 in the village of Klushino, Russia. Gagarin was the first person to reach space which he did on 12 April 1961. Gagarin died in a jet-plane accident March 27, 1968.
“Gagarin then became deputy training director of Star City. At the same time, he began to requalify as a fighter pilot. On 27 March 1968, he and his instructor died in a MiG-15UTI on a routine training flight near Kirzhach. It is not certain what caused the crash, but a 1986 inquest suggests that the turbulence from a Su-11 ‘Fishpot-C’ interceptor using its afterburners may have caused Gagarin’s plane to go out of control. Weather conditions were also poor, which may have contributed to the inability of Gagarin and the instructor to correct before they crashed.”
Quote by Yuri Gagarin:
“The path of a cosmonaut is not an easy, triumphant march to glory. You have to get to know the meaning not just of joy but also of grief, before being allowed in the spacecraft cabin.”
– Quoted in Into That Silent Sea (p. 16), speaking of fellow cosmonaut’s Valentin Bondarenko fiery death (March 23, 1961) in a simulator. Gagarin spent the final hours of Bondarenko’s beside his bed after the accident before he died.