MiG-29s Grounded After Fatal Crash

The Air Force commander grounded all of the country's MiG-29 fighter jets on Friday after one of the aircraft crashed in eastern Siberia, the Defense Ministry said.

The pilot died when the jet crashed during a training flight near the Domna airfield in the Chita region at 6:12 a.m. Moscow time, the ministry said on its www.mil.ru web site.

"Air Forces Commander Colonel-General Alexander Zelin ordered the suspension of MiG-29 flights until all the circumstances of the accident have been clarified," the statement said.

Air Force spokesman Vladimir Drik said there was no damage on the ground.

A MiG-29 fighter crashed near the same airfield in October. The pilot ejected before the crash and survived. Officials blamed that crash on unspecified equipment failure.

The MiG-29, code-named Fulcrum by NATO, is one of Russia's most advanced military jets.

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