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Poland grounds MiG-29s following crash

06 July 2018

The Polish Air Force's MiG-29 fleet has been grounded until the cause of the latest crash of an aircraft of this type is clarified, Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak said at a press conference in Warsaw on 6 July.

The pilot managed to eject but did not survive the crash at 01:57 am on 6 July near Pasłęk, northern Poland, during a night flight from the 22 Tactical Air Base in Malbork, according to the Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND).

Błaszczak said Poland's State Aviation Investigation Commission had already commenced work.

Colonel Maciej Trelka, who heads the Polish Air Force Inspectorate, was cited by the MND as saying that it was the first incident of this kind with this type of aircraft.

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