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Russian Su-34s collide, one aircraft lost

17 January 2019
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A pair of Russian Aerospace Force (VKS) Sukhoi Su-34 ‘Fullback’ strike aircraft collided during a training flight off the Far East coast of the country on 18 January, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed to national media.

The two twin-seat aircraft came together about 35 km out to sea, causing one to crash while the other was able to return to base. A search-and-rescue operation involving assets from the Eastern Military District and the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet was launched, with Russian media reporting that the two downed crew members had been rescued.

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