Pilot killed as Russian fighter jet crashes in Moscow region

A technical failure is believed to have caused a Russian fighter jet to crash in the Moscow region on Thursday, killing the pilot, state news agency TASS reported.

The pilot managed to steer the plane away from a populated area and "had no time to eject," the Defence Ministry was cited as saying.

The Su-27 fighter jet was returning to base after performing stunts as part of the Russian Knights aerobatic group when it crashed around 10:25 am (0725 GMT) near the town of Muranovo, the Interfax news agency said in an earlier report.

The Russian Knights group had been performing for a ceremony to mark the unveiling of a landmark in honour of Russian aviators in the nearby town of Ashukino, Interfax reported.

Last update: Thu, 09/06/2016 - 12:23

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