Russian fighter plane crashed near Tver was shot down: Report

The Russian Su-30 fighter that crashed on September 22 in the Tver region was being shot down by the friendly fire. This is reported by TASS with reference to an unnamed military source in the Russian Air Force of the region.

According to him, the preliminary cause of the plane crash was the hit on the plane by a shell fired by another plane, apparently also Russian. No other details are provided.

The analytical Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies reports that the plane was shot down during a training battle from a cannon of a Su-35S fighter. With reference to the anonymous Telegram-channel, it is stated that the gun that opened fire was not disarmed after combat duty.

Another military source notes that usually the guns are not unloaded before training, but only turned off. At the same time, pilots should, during a training battle, before an attack, shoot into the void for safety reasons.

The Su-30 fighter of the Russian Aerospace Forces crashed in the Tver region the day before. The crew of two ejected, according to a TASS source, the pilots are feeling satisfactory. At the crash site, a commission is working to find out the reasons for the incident.

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Su-30 is a Russian fighter that made its first flight in 1992. It is in service with 13 countries, including China, India, Algeria, Vietnam and Venezuela. The crashed plane was built in 2014.

According to the CAST blog, the lost Su-30M2 was part of the aviation regiment of the Southern Military District, stationed in Krymsk. The plane that shot down him is based in the Western Military District at the Hotilovo airport near Bologo.

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