MOSCOW: A Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet crashed outside Moscow on Thursday killing its pilot, the RIA news agency quoted the Defence Ministry as saying. There was ammunition or weapons in the plane at the time of incident.The crash did not cause any serious damage on the ground.
"The aircraft that crashed today near the village of Muranovo (Pushkinsky district) was part of the Russian Knights aerobatic team of Russia’s Aerospace Forces. The Russian Defense Ministry officially confirmed that the Su-27 crashed while returning to a base airfield after making a routine flight. The crash was likely caused by a technical error, the Defense Ministry’s press service said, adding that the pilot attempted to avoid crashing into the village. “He had no time left for ejection,” Ministry representatives added.
The jet was piloted by Major Sergei Yeremenko, according to TASS. The first-class military pilot graduated from the Krasnodar Military Aviation Institute in 2003. During his service, he flew the Yak-52, L-39, MiG-29 and Su-27 aircrafts, and spent more than 800 hours piloting the jets.The Sukhoi Su-27, a twin-engine fighter aircraft joined the Soviet military forces in 1984