A Russian Naval Aviation Sukhoi Su-33 fell off the deck of the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in the Eastern Mediterranean due to a failure of the ship's arrestor gear, Russian news agencies cited the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) as saying on 5 December.
"While landing after completing a combat task over Syria, an Su-33 fighter jet skidded off the deck because the arresting cable gear broke. The pilot ejected and was immediately brought aboard the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft carrier by rescuers. His life is not in danger," the MoD was quoted as saying.
"Naval aviation sorties are continuing [from the Kuznetsov] in accordance with their tasks," it added.
The MoD did not say when the incident occurred, but another report said it took place on 3 December.
The MoD has already confirmed that one of Kuznetsov's MiG-29KR aircraft crashed on 14 November due to an unspecified equipment failure.
The Russian news website Gazeta published an article on 21 November that cited a source knowledgeable about carrier operations as saying that the MiG-29KR was circling Kuznetsov due to a problem with the carrier's arrestor gear when it crashed, probably because it ran out of fuel.
Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery obtained by IHS Jane's showed that at least eight of Kuznetsov 's Su-33s and one of its MiG-29KRs were flying from Humaymim Air Base in Syria on 20 November.
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