Russian military jet crashes, crew survive

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 6, 2010 12:11

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A Russian military jet crashed in southern Siberia Friday, but its crew of two ejected to safety, officials said.

The Su-25 ground attack jet crashed during a training mission, the air force said. It slammed into ground near the village of Aga-Khangil, about 100 kilometers (some 60 miles) north of the border with Mongolia.

Air force spokesman Vladimir Drik said in a statement that it has grounded its Su-25 fleet pending a probe into the crash.

Drik said the two crewmen were quickly recovered by rescue teams, and the jet causedno damage on the ground. But the RIA Novosti news agency said it fell just about 30 meters (yards) from a house under construction and its fragments set a wooden fence on fire and damaged the roofs of several houses in the village.

The Interfax news agency said that the jet crashed after being grazed by a similar plane flying close by. Drik refused to confirm or deny that report, saying only that an official panel has yet to determine the cause of the crash.

The twin-engined Su-25 was designed in the 1970s for ground attack missions and built in great numbers for the Soviet air force and exports. Hundreds have remained in service in Russia and other ex-Soviet nations.


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