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Pilot of one collided plane found at sea, says source

One of the aircraft landed at the base, the source added

KHABAROVSK, January 18. /TASS/. A pilot has been found at sea following a collision between two Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers over the Sea of Japan, a source told TASS on Friday.

"They have found one of the pilots and are now trying to get him out of the sea," he said, adding that a storm was complicating the rescue effort. 

One of Sukhoi Su-34 aircraft, which collided mid-air in the Far East, has returned to the base, a source in the regional law enforcement agencies told TASS on Friday.

"One of the planes landed at the Khurba base," the source added. 

At the time of the collision, both aircraft were flying from the direction of the sea. One of the planes’ crew ejected, while the other plane managed to make it back to its base. A pilot error is considered to be the cause of the incident.

The Su-34 (NATO reporting name: Fullback) fighter-bomber is designed to engage ground and air targets in daytime and at night. The aircraft, which has an operational range of up to 4,000 kilometers and a top speed of 1,900 kilometers an hour, is capable of carrying a weapon payload of up to eight tonnes.