NOVOSIBIRSK, December 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Air Force will resume flights of the MiG-31 fighter jets that were suspended due to the air crash in Primorye on December 14, spokesman to the Russian Air Force, Colonel Igor Klimov said on Thursday.
“The MiG-31 flights will be resumed on Monday, December 30,” Klimov said.
The pilots ejected themselves and landed on a road near a fueling station. The plane had left the Knevichi air base shortly before that. The plane crash caused no damage on the ground.
The fighter-jet did not carry ammunition.
The military investigation department of the Russian Investigation Committee instituted criminal proceedings.
The Defense Ministry press service reported that according to preliminary reports, the failure of one of the engines was the cause of the MiG-31 crash.
The MiG-31 fighter jet is the first Russian aircraft of the fourth generation. It was manufactured 25 years ago and now it is the speediest combat aircraft in the world. The MiG-31 is the unique aircraft, which is able to intercept and destroy cruise missiles at very low altitudes. Over 500 MiG-31 aircraft of all modifications have been designed and built. Russia has over 350 MiG-31 fighter jets. Kazakhstan’s Air Force has several MiG-31 fighters.
In the past 10 years these jets crashed seven times, including the latest incident.