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"Protect the Russian peace delegation en route to Hamburg."
— Level description

"Turbulence" is the fifth mission of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The player starts off as Andrei Harkov, an FSO agent, on a plane with the Russian President, Boris Vorshevsky, speaking to his daughter about the peace conference in Hamburg.



Harkov, one of the President's bodyguards on his protection detail, enters a room with President Vorshevsky, who sits down with a group of men discussing the peace he wants to create with the west. As President Vorshevsky is arguing with Vasili Zhukov, he is interrupted by muffled gunfire; at this point the plane is attacked by hijackers, in an attempt to capture the President.

The President hits the floor with agents covering him, and the player is tasked with defending him. Three hijackers assault the room, but Pudovkin and Harkov dispatch them in close-quarters combat with their service pistols, the Five Seven. The agents start to move the President to the plane's safe room. They move through the plane's interior, and as they near a staircase which is the scene of a battle between agents and hijackers, the plane stalls, sending it plummeting towards the ground. This puts the inside of the plane in a temporary state of zero gravity in which Harkov and the other agents frequently smash into overhead compartments. During this period of no gravity, the agents are able eliminate the hostiles.

After clearing the room of all the hijackers, the agents move downstairs, and fight their way through the kitchen, the operations room, and the cargo bay to rescue Alena Vorshevsky, the president's daughter. The FSO team start to move the President and his daughter to the safe room, but before they can do so, the plane is forced to make an emergency landing. As hijackers pour in to engage the agents, the plane crashes into the ground. The force of the crash tears the plane in two, and the hijackers are still attempting to kill the agents when the portion of the plane they are in hits an air control tower. Federov falls from the plane, and an engine from the plane hurtles through the air, striking the portion of the plane Harkov is in, knocking him out.

Pudovkin drags Harkov onto his feet, and the two stumble out of the wreckage. After exiting the remains of the plane, the agents search for the now missing President. Moving past wounded agents and hijackers, they approach a hangar. Hijackers in armored vehicles start to fill the area, and the agents are forced to use wreckage and luggage as cover. Once the security team secures the President, a helicopter lands to evacuate the President. After opening the door to the helicopter, Harkov discovers that it belongs to Makarov, who then proceeds to shoot him, as well as Pudovkin, and captures the President. Harkov and Pudovkin fall to the ground, Makarov effectively killing Pudovkin with another shot. While Harkov is lying on the ground, wounded, he can overhear a conversation between Makarov and President Vorshevsky.

Makarov demands the launch codes to secure his dominion over Russia, exclaiming "Russia will take all of Europe, even if it must stand upon a pile of ashes". However, the President refused to give up the launch codes, instead calling Makarov insane. Furious with his stance, Makarov ordered his men to find Alena, stating "Every man has his weakness. Find the girl". As Harkov tries to reach his gun, Makarov, noticing his movement, shoots him a second time, killing him.

Video Walkthrough

Weapon Loadout

Starting Loadout
Found in level

Intel Items

12. In the cabin at the beginning of the mission, go down a set of stairs. Keep going straight; after entering a kitchen area. the intel is on the right on top of a counter.

13. Once the plane has crashed, continue forward, a large tree is in the way and has to be jumped over. Just on the other side of the tree, sitting in the snow, is this piece of intel.



  • Frequent Flyer (10 Gamerscore.png/ Bronze trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon.png) - Defend the Russian President. Complete "Turbulence" on any difficulty
  • Flight Attendant (Hidden) (20 Gamerscore.png/ Bronze trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon.png) - Kill all 5 enemies during the zero-g sequence in "Turbulence."


Main article: Turbulence/Transcript


  • In the opening cutscene, a dossier of Makarov from Interpol states his full name is "Sergei L. Makarov."
    • Also in the same cutscene, written in a sticky note referencing to Pfc. Allen, his undercover name is misspelled as "Alexei Bodorin" instead of "Alexei Borodin".
  • In the conference room, a small statue of a man and woman holding the hammer and sickle, symbols of the previous Soviet regime, can be seen on a shelf.
  • Andrei Harkov is wearing a black suit in first person, but all the other FSO agents wear white dress shirts with the exception of Cmdr. Leonid Pudovkin.
  • The ripped and torn flag.

    A ripped and torn flag of the Soviet Union can be seen in the President's office.
  • President Vorshevsky's line "We destroy our enemies when we make friends with them" is a paraphrase of an Abraham Lincoln quote, "Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?"
  • The Five Seven is held at an angle and has a unique reload animation in the zero-gravity showdown. The reloading animation shows the player flicking the gun sideways, causing the magazine to fly out spin mid air, instead of simply pulling out the magazine.
  • One of the MiG-29s seen at the beginning of the level.

    If the player looks out of the windows before entering the briefing room, one can see two MiG-29s escorting the plane. When entering the room right after the briefing room, one can still see the MiG-29s, but they pull up and climb away, and they are never seen or heard from for the remainder of the level.
  • In the starting area, there is a glass display mounted on a wall. Inside the display, there are small models of a MiG-29 and a T-72 tank.
  • While on board the plane, one of the enemies has a PP90M1, AK-74u or AA-12 with every attachment on it, although, it cannot be obtained.
  • The AK-74u has a unique reloading animation during the zero-gravity sequence of the mission. The reloading animation shows the player throwing the magazine away and it spinning in mid air, as opposed to it simply falling off screen.
  • In the starting cabin, there is a technology magazine on the left with the headline "Bearded Man Invents Time Travel".

The technology magazine with an interesting cover.

  • The picture depicting the mission strangely replaces Anya Kovaleva's model with an FSO agent's.
  • Before getting out of the crashed plane, one should see a Scavenger pack at the left side.
  • If the player drops the Five Seven during the Zero Gravity sequence, then proceeds to pick it up after the Zero Gravity sequence ends, the Five Seven will retain its Zero Gravity status (alternate reload, sideways,etc.), and it will have the pickup icon of the M9.

Unusual Five Seven.

  • If using noclip, in the inaccessible room that next to the starting room, it is possible to see an unusual Five Seven, with a silencer and a Tactical Knife, but the Tactical Knife is placed inside the gun.
  • Andrei Harkov is shown in the intro sequence with a scribbled out picture and the words "Inside man?" written above his name.
  • In the conference room, the male politicians are using a model with a gun holstered on their pants.
  • In the briefing video, the Il-96PU is depicted as a single decker aircraft, though, in game, it is depicted as a double-decker plane.