22:03 GMT16 January 2021
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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.

    "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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