Russia: Ship-borne MIG29 for Indian Navy crashes

The Russian Defence Ministry has grounded the entire MiG-29 fleet till the probe is over.

Updated: Jun 23, 2011, 23:21 PM IST

Moscow: A ship-borne MiG-29KUB fighter/
trainer, which was for the Indian Navy as part of the Admiral
Gorshkov aircraft carrier deal, crashed in south Russian
Astrakhan region on Thursday, killing its two-member crew, a media
report said.

The Russian Defence Ministry has grounded the entire
MiG-29 fleet till the probe is over, its official spokesman
Colonel Igor Konashenkov told reporters.

The MiG-29KUB fighter/trainer was for the Indian Navy
as part of the Gorshkov aircraft carrier deal, Interfax news
agency quoted MiG Corporation sources as saying.

According to MiG spokesperson Elena Fyodorova, who
confirmed that the ill-fated fighter belonged to the plant,
said a team headed by its General Director is rushing to
Astrakhan region to assist the military in probe.

PTI