MOSCOW, December 4. /TASS/. Pilots who catapulted in unclear circumstances from a MIG-29 fighter jet near the town of Voskresensk in the southeast of the Moscow region on Thursday have been taken to the Nikolai Sklifosovsky Emergency Medicine Institute in Moscow, a spokesman for the institute told TASS.
“One of the pilots has been given a surgery and the other pilot has been taken to an intensive care department,” the spokesman said.
Sklifosovsky Institute, which is widely known in Moscow as the Sklif, is a civilian medical institution but it has a record of experience of treating survivors of various air accidents, both in commercial aviation and in the Air Force.
Radio communications with the MiG-29 piloted by commander Sergei Rybnikov and second pilot Vadim Selivanov were lost at 11:53 Moscow Standard Time on Thursday. At 11:56, it crashed in the Voskresensk district.
The pilots managed to catapult.
The jet, one of a family of MIG-29KUB aircraft, was an experimental sea-based fighter, a spokesman for the MIG corporation said. The trial testing was done by the Mikhail Gromov Flight Testing Institute.
“We can’t discuss the causes of the accident for the time being, as the data from the jet’s flight recorders are yet to be decoded and analyzed,” he spokesman said.
Officials at the Russian Defence Ministry said the information they had suggested that the two pilots’ lives were not in danger.