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Kazakh Su-27 fighter crashes

September 24, 2014, 9:57 UTC+3 ASTANA
The jet was found 15 kilometres from the village of Zhanalyk in the Koksu district of Kazakhstan
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ASTANA, September 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The Kazakh Defense Ministry confirmed the crash of a warplane Sukhoi Su-27 from the Taldykorgan airbase, as the jet was found 15 kilometres from the village of Zhanalyk in the Koksu district of the republic.

“The contact was lost with the fighter Su-27 during training flights at about 6.42 pm Moscow time (2.42 pm GMT) on September 23,” the Defense Ministry said. “The warplane’s crash site was spotted in search. The search for pilots continues,” the ministry added.

The fighter’s crew was made of two pilots holding the rank of lieutenant-colonels.

A special fact-finding committee was set up to probe the air crash.

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