Russian fighter jet crashes, crew ejects safely
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 23:40
Moscow: Russia's military says one of its fighter jets has crashed, but its crew of two bailed out safely.

The Defence Ministry said a Su-27 fighter jet went down Thursday during a regular training mission. It fell into a forest near the Besovets air base in Karelia near Lake Onega, about 700 kilometres northwest of Moscow.

The ministry said that both crewmen were picked up by a helicopter and remained in satisfactory condition. The air force has grounded its Su-27 fleet pending a crash probe.

The twin-engined Su-27 has been a mainstay of the Soviet and then Russian air force since it entered service in the 1980s. The Su-27 and its versions also have been widely exported.


First Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 23:40

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