Russian Hovercraft Lands In The Middle Of Beach-Goers In Kaliningrad [VIDEO]
Russian beach-goers were shocked when a huge hovercraft glided up onto shore at the beach in Mechnikovo, Kaliningrad on Aug 21.
The landing was reportedly part of a military exercise that was complicated by the sunbathers, who did not have permission to be there.
“Docking at the beach is a regular practice, what we don’t know is what people were doing at the beach, which is within the military firing range,” said Andrey Bespaly, spokesman of the Baltic Fleet Western military district.
The Navy vessel rides on a cushion of air above water, and measures 187 feet in length, according to NPR. It is rumored to have been a ‘Zubr-class’ hovercraft – the world’s largest – and can travel up to 68 miles per hour, normally carrying missile launchers and other weapons. According to witness reports, paratroopers disembarked from the hovercraft upon landing and began clearing the beach.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong