Russian warplane crashes into Mediterranean off Syria coast, pilot safe
Iran Press TV
Mon Dec 5, 2016 3:8PM
Russia says one of its twin-engine air superiority Sukhoi Su-33 fighter jets has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Syria, after it rolled off the deck while landing on the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.
The Russian Defense Ministry announced in a statement on Monday that the warplane had carried out a number of airstrikes in Syria, before attempting to land on the military vessel. The arresting cable, however, snapped and the aircraft skidded beyond the deck.
The statement added that the pilot of the jet successfully ejected and was unharmed in the incident.
The Russian Defense Ministry stressed that its military operations over Syria would not be affected by the incident.
Last month, a MiG-29 warplane crashed into the water while preparing to land on the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier. The pilot of the plane was safely catapulted.
The Russian Defense Ministry later stated that technical fault was to blame for the incident during a training mission.
The development came only two days after the commander of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, Captain 1st rank Sergei Artamonov, said Russian warships were positioned in the "designated zone... in the eastern Mediterranean and jointly carrying out tasks, maneuvering to the west of the Syrian coast."
He added that fighter jets had already started taking off from the carrier's deck to survey the conflict zone.
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