Russian MiG-29K from Adm. Kuznetsov aircraft carrier has crashed in Mediterranean sea

Pretty embarrassing incident for the Russian aircraft carrier at its debut in the air war in Syria. Fortunately, the pilot ejected safely according to the first reports.

As reported by Combat Aircraft a Russian Navy Mig-29KUBR embarked aboard Adm. Kuznetsov aircraft carrier has crashed on Nov. 13.

The aircraft is one of the four naval Fulcrums operated by the 100th Independent Shipborne Fighter Aviation Regiment.

According to our sources, the incident occurred around 14.30Z and involved a two-seater Fulcrum in a formation of three Mig-29s operating from the carrier in the eastern Mediterranean Sea off Syria: whilst one of the remaining aircraft recovered aboard the Kuznetsov the third one diverted for unknown reasons to Syria.

Footage allegedly showing Mig-29s in the skies over Aleppo had happered earlier on the same day.

The pilot of the doomed aircraft ejected safely and was rescued by a helicopter while the Russian Navy radioed all the nearby vessels to remain 5NM away from the crash point.

Needless to say the incident unfolded while several NATO aircraft and warships closely monitored the operations aboard Russia’s only carrier.




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  1. Hey dummy keep on point. We are talking CARRIER SORTIES here, not overall sorties. The Russian naval air accident rate as a percentatge of flights flown is what Sferrin is referring to. And also U.S. naval air sorties, not NATO. You want to include land-based? OK. By your standard U.S. plus all the NATO nation’s sorties worldwide would add up to tons more flights flown. You are one dum-dum – but good for a laugh!

    PS. One can’t compare Russian naval sorties with the U.S. Navy’s anyway. The number is too small with Russia only having one old, useless, dilapidated carrier.

    Holtz bubba – you are way out of you element here. Why not stick with commenting on the Miley Cyrus Fanclub webpage! Right up your alley I’m sure. Or do you worship Justin Bieber? Probably both.

    • You really are not very eloquent if you need to resort to terms like “dummy” or “Holtz bubba”. But hey, maybe you’re really just a kid. Who else would come up with products of an infantilized media world (Cyrus, Bieber).

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