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Russian MIG-29 Crashes in Med After Takeoff From Aircraft Carrier

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Mikoyan MiG-29 jet fighter aircraft - Sputnik International
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Russian MIG-29K jet crashes in the Mediterranean Sea after taking off from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft-carrying cruiser, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The pilot of the MIG-29 fighter jet ejected, his life is not in danger, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

According to the ministry, technical fault was the reason for the incident during a training mission.

"An aviation accident with carrier-based fighter MIG-29K occurred during exercise flights as a result of a technical fault during the approach landing a few kilometers from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft-carrying cruiser."

The Russian group of warships in the Mediterranean continues scheduled activities after the incident.

Sukhoi Su-33 Flanker-D fighters aboard the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov (File) - Sputnik International
Aircraft of Russia's Admiral Kuznetsov Carrier Group Start Flights
"The Russian aircraft carrier group continues its activity in the Mediterranean Sea as planned. The flights of sea-based aviation continue."

On November 12, the commander of the Admiral Kuznetsov said that aea-based jets of the aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov which arrived in the Syrian coast heading a group of the Russian Northern Fleet's squadron started training flights.

On October 15, Russia's Northern Fleet’s press service said that a group of warships headed by the aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov accompanied by the Pyotr Veliky battle cruiser, the Severomorsk and Vice-Admiral Kulakov anti-submarine destroyer, and support vessels was sent to the Mediterranean to hold drills.

MiG-29K (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-D) is Russia's new carrier-based fighter jet designed for destroying surface and ground targets. The jet has been modernized to 4++ generation.

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