A Su-33 Flanker carrier-based multirole fighter crashed during flight operations from Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser on Decemer 3, The Aviationist reported on December 5, citing own sources.
“According to the report, the combat plane crashed at its second attempt to land on the aircraft carrier in good weather conditions (visibility +10 kilometers, Sea State 4, wind at 12 knots): it seems that it missed the wires and failed to go around falling short of the bow of the warship,” the article reads.
The report added that the pilot ejected and was picked up by a search and rescue helicopter. The blog entitled “The Aviationist” was amomg media outlets that had reported the crash of a Russian MiG-29K from Admiral Kuznetsov’s deck on November 13 before the confirmation from the Russian Defense Ministry.
The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the incident:
“While landing after completing a combat task in the Syrian sky, a Su-33 fighter jet skidded off the dock because of the the cable of arresting device broke. The pilot ejected and was immediately brought aboard the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft carrier by rescuers. His life is not in danger,” Sputniknews quoted the ministry’s statement.
The Russian Defense Ministry added that the naval task force’s aviation continues its mission as planned.