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Pilot killed in jet fighter crash in Russia's Siberia
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17:04, December 05, 2008

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A MiG-29 jet fighter crashed in Russia's Siberia early Friday and left the pilot dead, local media reported.

"The plane crashed at 06:12 Moscow time (0312 GMT) about 5 km from the Domna airfield in the Chita region during a scheduled training flight," Air Force spokesman Vladimir Drik was quoted by Itar-Tass news agency as saying.

"No civilian injuries and no damage" had been reported in the crash, he added.

"Black boxes" of the MiG-29 fighter have been found, Interfax news agency cited a source with the Russian Defense Ministry as saying.

A technical failure or the so-called "human factor" may be the cause of the crash, the source said.

The Russian Air Force has announced a suspension of flights of MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters.

The crash is the second in East Siberia involving a MiG-29 fighter in past few months. In mid-October, a MiG-29 fighter crashed near the Domna airfield during a regular training flight, however, the pilot ejected safely.


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