The mysteries surrounding the death of Yuri Gagarin — the first human to ever travel into outer space — may finally have been solved thanks to fellow Russian cosmonaut Alexey Leonov. Gagarin’s death in 1968 was the result of a plane crash, but just how he came to crash has been subject to conspiracies and speculation for decades. Previous theories have suggested that while piloting a test flight Gagarin made a poor maneuver or blacked out. But according to Russia Today, Leonov was there that day, and he’s finally spoken out to say that he believes a supersonic jet knocked Gagarin’s plane into a tailspin that he couldn’t recover from.
Why Leonov didn’t speak until now underscores why the cause of Gagarin’s crash was covered up….