A MiG-31 Foxhound fighter jet flying during routine training exercises crashed near the Finnish border in the Leningrad region of northwestern Russia on Friday, but the pilots were safely ejected. and no injuries were reported.
The press service of Russia’s Western Military District said a Cold War-era MiG-31 Foxhound fighter jet crashed Friday afternoon during a training mission.
Three Mi-8 helicopters of the search and rescue agency were dispatched to the crash site. Russia’s MoD message read: “April 8, in the Leningrad region, during a planned training flight, a MiG-31 aircraft crashed.
Russian news agencies reported that the plane had a technical problem without providing further details.
The MiG-31 Foxhound is a two-seat, long-range supersonic interceptor. It is derived from the MiG-25 Foxbat interceptor and is equipped with modern digital avionics. More than 500 MiG-31 aircraft have been produced, of which 370 have been delivered to the Russian Air Force and 30 are in service with the Kazakhstan Air Force.
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