A MiG-31 fighter jet crashed in Russia’s Perm region killing two pilots on board. The jet crashed near Bolshoye Savino airport, Interfax reports with reference to the press service of the local EMERCOM department.
Oleg Chirkunov, the governor of the region, stated that the plane crashed in the ravine not far from the village of Bolgary, but there were no victims among the civilians.
The jet went off radar screens at 6:41 a.m. MSK, 11 kilometers far from the city of Perm. The reason of the crash remains unknown. The MiG-31 began to lose altitude and crashed soon after take off. Sources from RIA Novosti news agency stated that the plane exploded in the air.
The remains of the two pilots were found on the scene.
There were no weapons on board the fighter jet, defense officials stated. In connection with the crash of the MiG-31 fighter jet in the Perm region, Russia’s Air Forces has suspended all flights of this type of aircraft. The flights of MiG-31 will be resumed when specialists determine the reasons that led to the crash of the aircraft.
The Mikoyan MiG-31 (NATO reporting name: Foxhound) is a supersonic interceptor aircraft developed to replace the MiG-25 “Foxbat”. The MiG-31 was designed by the Mikoyan design bureau based on the MiG-25. Russia’s Air Force has over 160 such planes; 100 other aircraft are in reserve
It was not first crash of the MIG-31 in Russia’s Perm region:
MOSCOW/PERM, November 19, 2010 (RIA Novosti)
A Russian MiG-31 Foxhound interceptor/fighter crashed on Friday in the Perm region of the Urals, but the two crew members ejected safely.
The crew have yet to be located, a local law enforcement officer said.
A local security official confirmed the crash but declined to identify the plane model, saying only that it “was not carrying any weapons” and posed no danger to residential areas.
Defense Ministry spokesman Vladimir Drik said later the pilot and navigator were “in a satisfactory condition.”
A special commission has been set up to ascertain the cause of the crash.