Pilot ignores safety warnings and ice cracks to land plane on frozen surface of deepest lake 

Moment pilot ignores safety warnings and huge ice cracks to land plane on the frozen surface of the world’s deepest lake

Vadim Makhorov and Andrey Melnikov travelled across the Lake Baikal in RussiaFootage shows their Cessna 172 aircraft narrowly skimming the frozen surfaceComes after Russia’s emergency ministry warned drivers to take extreme care

Spectacular footage shows how a plane landed on the frozen surface of the world’s deepest lake – despite dire warnings of thin ice.

A Russian team tested the strength of the visibly cracked ice of Lake Baikal, successfully touching down and taking off again in a Cessna 172.

The mile-deep lake in Siberia contains 20 per cent of the world’s unfrozen freshwater – more than the North American great lakes put together.

A plane was spectacularly filmed landing on to Lake Baikal – the world’s deepest lake – despite dire warnings of thin ice. It was organised by photographer Vadim Makhorov and Andrey Melnikov, along with two other pilots

The stunt was organised by photographer Vadim Makhorov who boasted: ‘This year I’ve tested the ice of Baikal in a very unusual way.’

It came shortly after a stern warning from the Russian Emergencies Ministry to drivers taking cars on winter roads on the frozen expanse.

Vadim travelled with Andrey Melnikov and two other pilots over Baikal in a small Cessna 172 plane from Listvyanka to Svyatoy Nos Cape, Russia.

He added: ‘Despite the fact that this year’s brought quite a lot of snow, we found some large areas of pure ice and landed there.

Their landing on to the lake comes after a stern warning from the Russian Emergencies Ministry to drivers taking cars on winter roads on the frozen expanse. The risk of ice drift, cracks and thin ice means there are many risks when landing on the ice

Their landing on to the lake comes after a stern warning from the Russian Emergencies Ministry to drivers taking cars on winter roads on the frozen expanse. The risk of ice drift, cracks and thin ice means there are many risks when landing on the ice

‘Just take a look at the photos I’ve managed to take from the plane.⠀

‘It is not usual for planes to land on ice.

‘There may be some risks whether that be ice drift, cracks or thin ice.’

He said the team had checked in advance the ice was suitable on the area of Baikal they landed – at this time of year it should be three feet thick, but can be a thin as an inch or two.

Vadim's team checked the ice was suitable ahead of their trip. He is reportedly contemplating offering winter tours including an epic landing on the ice

Vadim’s team checked the ice was suitable ahead of their trip. He is reportedly contemplating offering winter tours including an epic landing on the ice

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