Has a Tu-95 Bear bomber ever made an emergency landing in a European country while the flight was on a mission to test the country's defences?

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    $\begingroup$ @kepler22b Not sure how this could be any more specific? $\endgroup$
    – Jae Carr
    May 3, 2016 at 22:12
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    $\begingroup$ @kepler22b I would agree if it were something that were likely a common occurance (like general aircraft accidents). But a Tu-95 crashing anywhere in Europe at any time (let alone while testing radar defenses) would be a significant event. So no further detail is really required. It's like the U-2 spy plane incident, for example. You don't really have to specify a place or time because shooting down the U-2 was such a singular event, no further details are required beyond "Has a U-2 ever been shot down." $\endgroup$
    – Jae Carr
    May 3, 2016 at 22:18
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    $\begingroup$ You do realize that Russia is in Europe right ? $\endgroup$
    – Antzi
    May 4, 2016 at 0:26
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    $\begingroup$ If we think about the Cold War, I wouldn't think they'd even be able to enter the airspace of, say, a NATO country. If they weren't over those countries in the first place, why would they land in them? You could imagine a situation where an emergency arises over international waters, but you might then expect their orders would be to ditch at sea rather than try to land in an unfriendly country. $\endgroup$ May 4, 2016 at 2:21
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    $\begingroup$ @Simon most of the population lives west of the Ural mountain range, which lies in what is usually assumed to be Europe. It's a but iffy with Europe and Asia being mostly the same continent though. $\endgroup$
    – JustSid
    May 4, 2016 at 8:13

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Not that anyone knows of. A couple of Bears have crashed within Russia's borders.

They usually fly over international waters only, so if one did go down there would be a chance it would sink without a trace.

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    $\begingroup$ Sink. Or be sunk, just to be sure. $\endgroup$
    – FreeMan
    May 4, 2016 at 15:22

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