00:42 GMT +3 hours29 November 2014
Live
Russia

Russia suspends MiG-29 fighter flights over Siberia crash

Russia
000
Russia's Air Force has suspended flights of MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters following Friday's crash in eastern Siberia, an AF spokesman said.
MOSCOW, October 17 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Air Force has suspended flights of MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters following Friday's crash in eastern Siberia, an AF spokesman said.

"The flights of MiG-29 fighters have been suspended until further orders," the spokesman said.

A MiG-29 fighter crashed at 10:45 Moscow time (06:45 GMT) on Friday 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the Domna airfield in the Chita Region during a regular training flight.

The pilot ejected safely and was later hospitalized. He is in a satisfactory condition.

The Air Force said there were no reports of casualties or damage on the ground and a special investigation team had been sent to the crash site.

Friday's crash is the first reported occurrence in Russia involving a MiG-29 fighter in 2008, although two MiG-29s crashed in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan earlier this year in separate incidents.

Last year, two Russian Air Force MiG-29 fighters were involved in a mid-air collision over the Rostov Region. Both pilots bailed out safely.