[...] They were lucky because they had a soft landing, but the technician didn't have time to identify the cause of the malfunction because they were attacked by snorks and lost three men[...] - Col. Kovalsky when asked about Stingray 3.
Senior Lieutenant Smolyak was part of the Stingray 3 crew during Operation Fairway, which crash-landed near a Snork den on the Southern Plateau in Zaton. According to Col. Kovalsky the crew survived intact, however, just after the landing they were attacked by Snorks. Due to this unfortunate turn of events, as much as three soldiers fell victim to Snork attack, presumably an ambush. His corpse is located inside the Snork den alongside two other victims, Warrant Officer Umerov also inside and Lt Drapei just outside the den. Cpt. Tarasov also was aboard Stingray 3, fortunately he managed to save his neck.