Rus­sian fighter crashes in Med

Kuwait Times - - NEWS -

MOSCOW:

Rus­sia’s de­fense min­istry said Mon­day that a fighter jet crashed while at­tempt­ing to land on the Ad­mi­ral Kuznetsov air­craft car­rier in the Mediter­ranean off Syria, but the pi­lot sur­vived. In a state­ment to Rus­sian news agen­cies, the de­fense min­istry said the MiG-29K fighter crashed due to a “tech­ni­cal fault” a few kilo­me­tres from the car­rier. The pi­lot ejected and was re­cov­ered and taken aboard the ship. “The pi­lot’s health is in no dan­ger. The pi­lot is ready to carry out mis­sions,” the min­istry said, quoted by In­ter­fax news agency.

The de­fense min­istry did not say when the in­ci­dent oc­curred, but said the plane was tak­ing part in train­ing flights. It stressed that flights were still go­ing ahead from the air­craft car­rier de­spite the ac­ci­dent. “The flights of air­craft from the car­rier are con­tin­u­ing in ac­cor­dance with the set tasks,” it said. The min­istry re­leased a state­ment af­ter US broad­caster Fox News re­ported the crash, cit­ing US of­fi­cials.

The Mig-29K is a multi-func­tional plane de­vel­oped in the Soviet era and is used to strike tar­gets both in the air and on the ground. Rus­sia ac­quired 24 MiG fight­ers last year. It also de­ploys Sukhoi bomber planes in Syria. The Ad­mi­ral Kuznetsov air­craft car­rier ar­rived in the east­ern Mediter­ranean off the Syr­ian coast as part of a flotilla of ships sent to re­in­force Rus­sia’s mil­i­tary in the area, its com­man­der con­firmed on state tele­vi­sion. — AFP

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