MiG-31 interceptor crashes in Siberia, both pilots ejected – Russian MoD
The incident happened as the jet was conducting a training flight over the Telemba Airfield. A helicopter has been dispatched as part of the search and rescue operation.
“The plane crashed in a deserted place. Both pilots ejected. The pilots have been recovered quickly, there is no danger to their lives,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement, as quoted by RIA Novosti.
The Russian Air Force’s MiG-31 supersonic interceptor is the world’s fastest aircraft in service today.
With a maximum altitude of 30,000 meters, it can even shoot down low-orbit satellites and can also intercept targets flying at speeds of up to five times the speed of sound.
Back in 2016, MiG-31 interceptors took part in Pacific Fleet Air Force drills in the upper atmosphere over Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East.