Source Pravda.Ru

MiG-31 supersonic fighter jet crashes in Central Russia, pilots eject

MiG-31, a supersonic interceptor aircraft, crashed in the Nizhny Novgorod region near the town of Kulebaki, a source at emergency services says.

The pilots of the aircraft managed to eject and are believed to be alive. Rescuers are now searching for the pilots of the crashed aircraft.

The MiG-31 fighter jet crashed in a marshy area near the village of Molochnaya Ferma.

The pilots were found and evacuated to safety. Their lives are out of danger.

It was reported that the plane crashed as a result of a technical malfunction that occurred on board the aircraft during a training flight.

The Mikoyan MiG-31 is a supersonic interceptor aircraft developed for use by the Soviet Air Forces. The aircraft was designed by the Mikoyan design bureau as a replacement for the earlier MiG-25 "Foxbat." The MiG-31 has the distinction of being one of the fastest combat jets in the world. The Russian Defence Ministry expects the MiG-31 to remain in service until at least 2030. The aircraft can develop the speed of over 2 M (speed of sound). It is designed to intercept and destroy air targets at extremely small, medium and high altitudes, in simple and difficult weather conditions.


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