A Russian fighter jet crashed in the Mediterranean sea after takeoff from the aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”
A Russian fighter jet crashed in the Mediterranean sea shortly after takeoff from the aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”, reports Fox News , citing two us officials. The crash of the fighter was confirmed by sources of the American magazine Combat Aircraft in the Russian Navy. She was later recognized by the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation.
According to Fox News, three Russian MiG-29 took off from the cruiser and headed towards Syria. Then one of the aircraft encountered a “mechanical difficulty” and turned towards the carrier.
Trying to sit up, the fighter crashed into the water. Russian rescue helicopter picked up the pilot and the parachute.
– Syria-bound ship “Alexander Shabalin” passed through the Straits
Combat Aircraft associated the disaster with the plane on the return, apparently flew too close to the cruiser. According to the magazine, we are talking about the MiG-29KUB designed for two crew members.
The defense Ministry called the accident “a technical malfunction”
In a statement, the defense Ministry, which is quoted by TASS, said that the MiG-29 crashed during landing approach, and the cause of the accident is called a technical fault.
“While conducting a training flight due to technical malfunction while landing a few kilometers before the aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” there was an accident with the deck fighter MiG-29K”, – stated in the message.
“The pilot ejected and the forces of the rescue services was brought on Board the “Admiral Kuznetsov”. The health of the pilot is not in danger. The pilot is ready to execute task,” States the press release of the military Department.
The defense Ministry stressed that the Russian naval carrier group in the Mediterranean sea, despite the incident with the fighter, acts according to plan.
On Saturday, the commander of the cruiser captain first rank Sergei Artamonov saidthat the deck aviation “Admiral Kuznetsov” started to perform daily flights to rehearse interaction with the coastal airfield.
According to him, this work is done every day for four consecutive days. In social networks has published a video of the flight the MiG-29K over Syria, filmed on 12 November.
A day earlier, the source of “Interfax” claimedthat the aircraft on Board an aircraft carrier ready to strike at any moment: “Ship aircraft carrier group consisting of aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”, the nuclear cruiser “Peter the Great” and the frigate “Admiral Grigorovich”, continuously preparing for the strikes on terrorists and is ready to start operation at any time.”
The MiG-29 was developed in the late 1970-ies to fight F-15 U.S. air force and F-16. Commissioned in the early 1980-ies.
The news of the wreck came the next day after the military-diplomatic source TASS announcedthat Russia is preparing its Tu-95 and Tu-160 sorties Engels airbase in the Saratov region, and airplanes hang cruise missiles.
Today when asked to comment on the manoeuvres of the cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov”, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian military continued an operation to combat terrorism in Syria, and questions about tactical maneuvers – getting ready Moscow to attack or support the attack on Syria’s Aleppo – sent to the Ministry of defence.
Earlier fears that the squadron can be used as a platform for air strikes on Syria, expressed NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, as The Times wrote that the operation will begin in November and, according to Russian plans, should be completed by mid-January 2017.