Su-25 combat jet crashes in Russia's Far East, flights suspended

March 21st, 2008  

Topic: Su-25 combat jet crashes in Russia's Far East, flights suspended


Su-25 combat jet crashes in Russia's Far East, flights suspended
20/03/2008 09:26 MOSCOW, March 20 (RIA Novosti)

- Russia's Air Force has suspended all Su-25 strike aircraft flights following a fatal crash in the country's Far East early Thursday, an AF spokesman said.
A Su-25 Frogfoot close-support aircraft crashed Thursday in the Primorye Territory about 143 kilometers (90 miles) from the port of Vladivostok. The pilot died in the crash.
"Today, on March 20 at 3:33 Moscow time (0:33 GMT), a Su-25 aircraft crashed during a training flight near the Chernigovka airbase, 143 kilometers from Vladivostok," Colonel Alexander Drobyshevsky said.
"The commander of the Russian Air Force has ordered the suspension of Su-25 flights," he said.
An investigation into the cause of the incident has been launched and a special investigation commission has flown to the crash site.
"According to preliminary reports, the plane developed technical problems during live firing exercises," the AF spokesman said.
The Su-25 is a single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau to provide close air support for the ground troops.
The aircraft is reported to have experienced a number of accidents in operational service caused by system failures attributed to the salvo firing of weapons. In the wake of these incidents, use of its main armament, the 240-mm S-24 missile, was prohibited. In its place, the FAB-500 500-kg high-explosive bomb became the primary armament.
Thursday incident is the first Su-25 crash in the past two years.
The most recent crash involving a Su-25 plane occurred in June 2006 in southwest Russia near the border with Ukraine. The pilot died in the crash.
On May 21, 2005, a Su-25 crashed in Tajikistan. The pilot managed to eject from the plane and an investigation later established that the accident had been caused by technical problems.
The Su-25 aircraft has been in service with the Russian Air Force for more than 25 years. In 1999, Russia adopted a program to upgrade part of its aging Su-25 fleet. The Russian AF received the first six modernized planes, Su-25SM, in December 2006.

March 22nd, 2008  

Topic: Follow up - Missile may have exploded

Su-25 Might Have Been Killed By Missiles

14:31, 20.03.2008 | Приморский край

The missiles jammed at the start and exploded under the fuselage. VLADIVOSTOK. March 20. VOSTOK MEDIA – Some details of the today’s Su-27 crash have been released.
The aircraft was carrying out a training flight when fell down to mountains at 10:33 a.m. local time (0:33 GMT), 143 km (90 miles) from Vladivostok. The pilot died. The investigation commission, that is working at the crash site now, managed to find out that the jet was piloted by a squadron commander Lieutenant Colonel Konstantin Yakovenko.
Specialists do not still announce the reasons that led to the catastrophe but among the supposed versions they call a failure in missile firing system – the missiles jammed at the start and exploded under the plane’s fuselage and wings. The version is proved by the facts that explosion occurred in air space and pilot didn’t mange to eject from the plane.


* They listed Su-27 in the first line of the article by mistake

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