On April 12, 1961, a Soviet Air Force pilot named Yuri Gagarin rocketed out of obscurity and into history when he orbited the Earth in his Vostok 1 spacecraft.
From that point on he was the face of Soviet success in space; his winning smile was broadcast around the world. Less than seven years later, he was killed in a bizarre plane crash, the details of which have never been clear. Until now.
Gagarin's fellow cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first man to perform a spacewalk, has finally seen the accident report and told Russia Today television network what really happened to the first man in space.
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On March 27, 1968, Yuri Gagarin was piloting a MiG-15 fighter jet with instructor Vladimir Seryogin on a routine training flight. It wasn't the only activity in the sky that day. An Su-15 was also flying a test, though it was scheduled to fly well above Gagarin's MiG. And Leonov, meanwhile, was running parachute jump training. For both activities – flying and jumping - the weather was lousy. It was raining, and there were low clouds causing limited visibility.