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Fighter jet crashes in Russia, crew members ejected

English.news.cn   2013-12-14 15:05:21            

MOSCOW, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- A fighter jet crashed in Russia's far eastern Primorye Territory Sunday morning, with the two crew members ejected safely, the Defense Ministry said.

The MiG-31 crashed during a test flight at 05:31 Moscow time (0131 GMT) after taking off from the Knevichy airfield in the region, the ministry's press service said.

The two pilots aboard ejected themselves successfully and landed on a road near a fuelling station, the ministry said, adding the crash caused no damage on the ground.

Authorities suspected the incident was caused by technical problems, RIA Novosti news agency reported, adding the fighter jet had just been overhauled.

According to the ministry, the military aircraft carried no ammunition. It was undergoing a planned service at a plant in the town of Vozdvizhenka before the incident.

The plant's commission was heading to the scene. The Pacific Fleet started an inspection into the crash.

Designed on the basis of MiG-25, MiG-31 is a supersonic intercepter and the fastest aircraft in operational service in the world.

Editor: Shen Qing
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