Airline offers ‘dark tourism’ trip with flight above Chernobyl
CNN – If you’ve ever wanted to see the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, you could get the chance to glimpse it from above.
To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the catastrophe this month, an aerial tour is being offered that will give passengers a chance to gaze down on the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and the abandoned city of Pripyat, CNN reported.
Ukrainian International Airlines is operating the tour on April 25, which is the eve of the date that Chernobyl’s Reactor No, 4 exploded in 1986, sending a toxic plume of radioactivity into the skies over Europe.
For about $106 (2,970 Ukraine hryvnia), participants can snag a spot on an Embraer 195 passenger jet that will take off from Kiev’s Boryspil Airport, then fly north to Chernobyl, taking in panoramas of the Exclusion Zone around the power plant.
According to UIA’s description of the tour, there is an opportunity to take a photo in the cockpit and take a selfie with the pilot. There is also a side tour of a Boeing 777 parked on the apron at Boryspil.
The plane will stay above the minimum permitted height of 900 meters over Chernobyl. The goal is to get as close as possible to the site without compromising safety, organizers said.
Inflight information will be provided by guides from Chernobyl Tour, a well-known Ukrainian company that specializes in Exclusion Zone tourism, CNN reported.
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