MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On November 14 and December 4, a MiG-29K jet and a Su-33 fighter respectively rolled off the deck and drowned in the sea.
"In the case of the MiG-29K, the wire broke because of the critical angle of landing, while the Su-33's landing was conducted in a normal mode and in this case it is evident that the wire's quality was a problem. In both cases there could be no complaints about the jets," the source said.
The source added that the detailed analysis of the wires could be conducted only after the arresting cables were studied ashore.
On January 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the group to return to Russia's Northern Fleet base after a new Syrian ceasefire was announced on December 29. The group returned to the base on February 8.