If you know anything about flying, you will know that planes should not try and take off if their wings are covered in snow or ice.

If your pilot attempts to take off with snow or ice adhering to the wing, they are gambling with your life and the lives of your passengers and crew.

Russia has a poor aviation safety record in Russia and the takeoff of this Russian flight was risky. Even if this video is showing snow but not ice on the wing (it is very hard to tell), it is still not a good idea to take off without removing the snow

It IS possible to do a reasonably safe takeoff with snow or ice adhering to the wing, but your pilot is banking on a number of factors:
A longer takeoff roll.
Reduced performance, which is fine for most situations but if you get an engine failure, the reduced performance of the plane means that it will be harder to get out of a sticky situation, or even remain in the air. De-icing is the only safe option.

De-icing didn’t happen in the below video. Thankfully this plane took off fine, but it must be one of the most dangerous flight videos that I have seen:

Fly For Free

If you are not a billionaire, you might want to collect air miles to fly for free. I fly for free on British Airways (minus taxes) using the Avios I earn with my FREE Amex Gold Card. You also get two FREE Lounge Club visits, which will give you airport lounge access. Contact me for a referral which will get you 22,000 Amex bonus points, 2,000 more than the usual offering, when you spend 2,000GBP in your first three months.

If you are US based you can find out about a brilliant way to load up on a massive bonus of airline miles in this easy guide.

Get A Big Discount On Hotels & Flights

If you decide to go away, book any luxury hotel or premium flight through our luxury travel concierge for discounts and benefits. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, free hotel credit and VIP gifts at luxury hotels like Four Seasons, Aman and more… for the same price as the hotel’s own websites. (Book direct and you don’t get these benefits so why would you?).

Want A Bargain?

Take a look at our luxury travel auctions, one of the best places to pick up a travel bargain for a fraction of its actual price.

Disclosure: Our property, service and product reviews are sponsored by the proprietor or brand being appraised. All opinions remain our own and are in no way influenced by the sponsor.