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Russia's L-39 jet trainer collapses in Sea of Azov

The crew ejected as the plane fell on the water 1.5 kilometers off the Russian coast
09:21, 19 October 2018

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

L-39 military trainer aircraft of Russia's Defense Ministry fell in the Sea of Azov, not far from Dolzhanskaya rural locality. Interfax news agency reported this with a reference to the Russian authority.

The accident took place at about 5 p.m., as the crew performed a training flight over Dolzhanskaya in Krasnodar territory of Russia. The pilots ejected in good time, as the plane fell on the water 1.5 kilometers off the Russian coast. 

The Russian military stated that the aircraft carried no weaponry. The cause of the crash could be a technical malfunction. 

As we reported, on October 16, the fighter aircraft Su-27 crashed in Vinnytsia region. Later it was reported that both of the pilots of Sukhoi Su-27 fighter deceased. The search and rescue group found bodies of two servicemen. One of them was Colonel Ivan Petrenko, the Chief of Aviation of Ukraine's 'East' Air Force Command, the other one was Colonel Seth Nehring, Colonel of U.S. Air National Guard.

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