MiG-29 crashed near the Kushchevskaya airport in Krasnodar region. The pilot ejected and was evacuated. It was reported by the press service of the Defense Ministry of Russia.
How the fighter crashed
The Defense Ministry reported that the plane crashed at 14:37 MSK during a routine training flight.
“The flight was performed without any ammunition. The pilot ejected and evacuated by the ground rescue team. His life is not in danger”, – noted the press service.
According to authorities, the plane crashed in an uninhabited area. “There is no damage on the ground,” – added the Defense Ministry. The crash was confirmed by the main emergency department of Krasnodar region.
According to the head of the civil defense of the district administration Dmitry Safronov, the MiG-29 “met the ground almost vertically.” According to him, “there is no debris scatter or fuel spill”, and the damage to Kushchevskaya district infrastructure is minimal.
The municipality also informed that the place of emergency is currently controlled by military forces, and the work is underway.
Possible causes of crash
According to the source in General Command Staff of Russian Air Force, two possible causes of the accident are considered: a technical failure, and a bird in the engine.
Previously the Ministry of Defense said the accident might have been caused by an engine malfunction. “According to the report from the scene, a possible cause of the MiG-29 crash happened eight kilometers from the military airport in Krasnodar region was a technical failure of one engine,” – the ministry said.
MiG-29 flights are suspended until the accident is investigated, a special commission of Ministry of Defence was sent to the scene.
This is the 8th episode in the series of Russian military aircraft crashes this summer reported by Real Russia Today.