MiG-31 jet crashes near proving ground in Buryatia

A Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptor aircraft.

A Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptor aircraft.

Donat Sorokin / TASS
The crash occurred 120 kilometers away from the city of Chita

A MiG-31 interceptor jet crashed near the Telemba proving ground in Buryatia during a training flight on April 26, the Defense Ministry said. Both pilots ejected themselves, TASS reports.

"A MiG-31 interceptor jet of the Eastern Military District crashed during a training flight near the Telemba proving ground, the Republic of Buryatia, at 12:05 pm," the Defense Ministry said.

"The incident occurred in an unpopulated area. Both crewmembers ejected themselves. They were promptly evacuated. Their life is not in danger." Earlier, a source in local emergency services said the crash occurred 120 kilometers away from the city of Chita.

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