Last Thursday a Russian MIG-29, a fourth-generation fighter, crashed into a hill near Chita in Siberia. The pilot died. Until the time the causes of the crash are investigated, all MIG-29s have been grounded. At present there are about 300 MIG-29s in the Russian Army and Navy. In the last 10 years seven such fighters have crashed. The last one in June last year. Exactly a year ago, on September 6, 2011,  a MIG-31 was wrecked. Both pilots died.

As one of the Russian bloggers sarcastically said, there’s some relief in all this madness: cranes are still flying…


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