On Friday, December 2, videos showed the Russian MiG-31 fighter jet crashing in Primorsky Krai, Russia, in what Paul Jarwin noted was the “12th non-combat loss in 2022.”
He shared the video alongside the caption: “Russian MiG-31 fighter jet crashed in Primorsky Krai, Russia. This is the 12th non-combat loss in 2022.”
According to Russian media reports, the crash was due to a malfunction, however, the pilots managed to eject before the crash landing.
Russia’s Eastern Military District said that the crash occurred during an unarmed training flight.
A military statement read: “The plane crashed in an uninhabited area without causing any destruction on the ground. According to preliminary information, the cause of the accident may have been a technical malfunction.”
Information on whether or not the pilots were injured after ejecting has not been released.
The MiG-31, a modification of the MiG-25 with a unit cost of up to $60 million, is a Mikoyan-designed two-seat interceptor that went into production in the late 1970s in the Soviet Union.
The news comes weeks after a Russian Mi-2 helicopter crashed in the Kostroma region of Russia with five people on board.
On Tuesday, November 8, an emergency services source said: “In the Kostroma region, about four kilometres from the Sokerkino airport, a Mi-2 helicopter crashed while performing an ambulance flight.
“There were five people on board.”
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