"Everyone down! Protect the President!"
— The Commander

"Turbulence" is the fifth mission[1] 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 planned peace 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 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 demanded the launch codes to secure his dominion over Russia, thus turning the tide against the West. However, the President refused to give up the launch codes, instead calling Makarov a madman. Furious with his stance, Makarov ordered his men to find Alena Vorshevsky. 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


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.

Video:MW3 - Intel Locations - Turbulence - Mission 4 - Scout Leader Achievement Trophy guide

Intel locations



Frequent Flyer (10 Gamerscore/ Bronze trophy 15px) - Defend the Russian President. Complete "Turbulence" on any difficulty

Flight Attendant (Hidden) (20 Gamerscore/ Bronze trophy 15px) - Kill all 5 enemies during the zero-g sequence in "Turbulence."

Out of the Frying Pan (25 Gamerscore/ Silver trophy 15px) - Complete "Person Non Grata", "Turbulence" and "Back on the Grid" on Veteran difficulty.


Main article: Turbulence/Transcript


  • In the room of the conference, 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.
  • This is the first appearance of President Boris Vorshevsky, who had only been referred to in the previous game.
  • This is the first time in the Modern Warfare series where the player is affiliated with the Russian government.
  • The Five Seven has a unique reload animation in the zero-gravity showdown.
  • This is the second time in the entire Call of Duty series that the player receives an "Objective Failed" text without death or penalty during gameplay, but the first time in the Modern Warfare series; not just once, before the plane crash lands, but twice when Makarov comes out of the helicopter. The first was in the Call of Duty mission "Brecourt Manor", where it was possible for Moody to be killed, failing an objective to cover him, but not failing the mission.
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    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 four 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.
  • When the player opens the helicopter's doors at the end of the mission, the player will notice that Makarov's name is shown in green as if he was a friendly.
  • This level bears many similarities to the movie Air Force One.
  • This is the second level out of three in the series to be featured in a passenger plane, the others being Mile High Club in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Milehigh Jack, a Special Ops mission in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
  • If the player stands too close to the edge of the airplane as it breaks into two, there will be an animation of the player tumbling out of the plane, and they will also receive a death text saying "Stay away from the edge to prevent falling out."
  • In the starting area, there is a glass display mounted on a wall. Inside the display are small models of a MiG-29 and a T-90 tank.
    • There is also a worn Soviet flag on the wall.
  • After the plane crashed and as you emerge from the wreckage with Commander Leonid Pudovkin, the player can hear radio transmissions from FSO agents talking about how the hijackers have breached the plane.
  • While onboard the plane, one of the enemies has a PP90M1 with every attachment on it. It cannot be obtained.
  • If the player looks at their minimap's compass, they will see that the plane is apparently flying north. However, if the plane was going from Moscow to Hamburg, it would be going west, not north.
  • The AK-74u has a unique reloading animation during the Zero-G sequence of Turbulence. 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 room where the President speaks, the TV shows the same news of the invasion on New York City two months ago. The TV is soon turned off once inside in the room.
  • In the Wii version of the game, Vladimir Makarov's head clips through the roof of the chopper.
  • In the starting cabin, there is a technology magazine on the left with the headline "Bearded Man Invents Time Travel".
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The technology magazine with an interesting cover.

  • Twice in the mission, two blue/black peaked caps can be found that strangely bear East German military hat pins. The first is in the beginning of the level, on a table, and the second on the ground after exiting the crashed plane.
  • When nearing the cockpit the commander will pin an enemy to the floor he fires his gun to the enemy it misses but the soldier dies.
  • The picture depicting the misson 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.


  1. Out of the Frying Pan… (Modern Warfare 3 achievement)
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