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Russian plane crashes in Sea of Azov, pilots die

Fragments of their body were found
08:36, 21 October 2018

RF Ministry of Defense

The Ministry of Defense of Russia claimed that both pilots of L-29 training aircraft crashed in the Sea of Azov, Interfax reports. 

‘Based on the results of search works, the parts of the pilots were found in the area of the crash of L-29 training aircraft on October 20,’ reads the message. 

Related: "Clear Sky" drills stopped due to crash of Su-27

The accident occurred on October 18. The L-29 training aircraft of the Ministry of Defense of Russia hit the water near Dolgaya Spit in the Sea of Azov. A technical fault could be the reason for the crash. It was also reported that the pilots ejected into the water.  

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 U.S. military man. 

Related: Name of second pilot in Ukrainian Su-27 crash revealed

Also, the events planned for October 18-19 at Starostyantyniv and Havryshevka airfields with the participation of the representatives of the mass media within "Clear Sky-2018" drills will not be held due to the crash. 

Clear Sky 2018 is a joint and multinational exercise, where 950 officers from nine countries will take part, including Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, the UK, and the U.S.

Related: U.S. Air Force confirms death of American pilot in Ukraine's Su-27 crash

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