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    A Russian warplane crashed on Saturday near the city of Lipetsk in central Russia but both pilots ejected safely, the Defense Ministry said.

    A Russian warplane crashed on Saturday near the city of Lipetsk in central Russia but both pilots ejected safely, the Defense Ministry said.

    Spokesman Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said the Yak-130 crashed at 16:58 Moscow time during takeoff at the Lipetsk Air Force Training Center.

    He said the pilots were "in satisfactory condition."

    Drik said a special commission, headed by the Air Force chief of staff, was set up to look into the accident.

    A ministry source told RIA Novosti the accident could have been caused by a technical defect but that the final conclusion would only be made after a thorough investigation.

    The Yak-130 Mitten is a subsonic two-seat jet trainer/light attack aircraft.

    MOSCOW, May 29 (RIA Novosti) 

     

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