Russian MiG-29K multirole fighter jet has crashed in the Mediterranean during operations from Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser.
According to reports, the incident took place November 13 afternoon when the jet faced a technical fault and splashed down in the water while attempting to land. A Russian rescue helicopter picked up the pilot.
Intitially the report about the alleged MiG-29K crash in the Mediterranean appeared at the Combataircraft website with link to “sources close to Combat Aircraft“. Then, the report was reposted by a number of web blogs and small websites and finally appeared at the Fox News TV channel.
Nonetheless, Fox News prefered to refer to some “US intelligence officials“:
A Russian fighter jet crashed in the Mediterranean Sea shortly after launching from its aircraft carrier near the coast of Syria Sunday, two U.S. officials told Fox News.
Following the reports in various media outlets, the Russian Defense Ministry was pushed to comment on the topic and confirmed the incident.
“An aviation accident with carrier-based fighter MIG-29K occured during exercise flights as a result of a technical fault during the approach landing a few kilometers from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft-carrying cruiser.”