BREAKING: Russian MiG-29 fighter crashes near Moscow
A MiG-29 fighter jet crashed in a forest near Moscow, Russia, during a training mission. Both pilots ejected in time, but their condition is unknown.
The plane took off from Zhukovsky International Airport (ZIA), in southeast of Moscow. Additionally to commercial operations, the airport also houses the Gromov Flight Research Institute, to which the fighter belonged. The aircraft was an experimental model that is not yet in operation, according to Russian news agency RIA.
It crashed near the village of Dmitrovskoye in an unpopulated area, without causing any damage. The two pilots managed to eject, according to a source in the law enforcement quoted by Russian news agency TASS. Emergency services are on the site of the crash. An investigation was opened.Initially developed as an air superiority fighter during the Soviet era by what was known as Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau, the MiG-29 is a twin-engine fighter operated by 23 air forces around the world, either in its original variant or its multirole update (MiG-29SMT).
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