11:48 GMT05 March 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - An L-39 military trainer aircraft crashed in south Russia's Krasnodar Territory during a scheduled training flight, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Thursday.

    "Today, at about 5 p.m. Moscow time, when performing a scheduled training flight near the village of Dolzhanskaya of the Krasnodar Territory, an L-39 jet trainer crashed and fell into the water," the ministry said.

    It said a search and rescue team was looking for pilots in the area of ​​the crash.

    "The plane was flying without ammunition. According to preliminary information, a technical malfunction could have caused the crash," the ministry said.

    Earlier this month, a helicopter crashed in Russia's Kostroma region, killing three people.


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