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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Crashing Plane Almost Strikes Nuclear Vessel

STOCKHOLM -- A Swedish military jet crashed into the Baltic Sea on Wednesday, reportedly near a Russian nuclear naval cruiser.


The crash occurred about 120 kilometers southeast of the Swedish island of Gotland, the Swedish military said in a brief statement. The fate of the pilot was not immediately known.


The Russian Navy, in a statement in Moscow, said the plane crashed about 700 meters from the nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky, one of the newest ships in the Russian fleet. The cruiser and an accompanying patrol boat were searching for the pilot, the statement said.


The cause of the crash was not immediately known, but the Russian statement said it apparently occurred as the plane made a sharp right turn at low altitude.


The jet was a Swedish-made Viggen equipped for reconnaissance, according to the Swedish statement. Most Viggens are equipped as fighter jets.








The Pyotr Veliky, was en route to St. Petersburg from a naval base in Kaliningrad, the Russian navy said.





, a Russian enclave between Lithuania and Poland