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    This is What Caused Crashes of 2 Russian Jets on Admiral Kuznetsov Near Syria

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    The loss of two fighter jets from the aircraft wing of Russia's Admiral Kuznetsov cruiser during the operation in Syria in 2016 was caused by the break of the carrier's arresting wire, a defense industry source told Sputnik on Friday.

    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.

    Russia's naval group, consisting of the Admiral Kuznetsov, the Pyotr Veliky battle cruiser, the Severomorsk and the Admiral Kulakov anti-submarine destroyers, and support vessels, left for Syria in October 2016 to participate in counterterrorism operations.

    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.

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