Analysis of the MiG-29 Crash Will Help Avoid a Repeat in Combat

Translated by Ollie Richardson


The conclusions that will be drawn during the analysis of data extracted from the flight recorders of the Russian MiG-29K taken from the water will help determine the causes of the incident and to avoid something similar in the future, including in combat. This opinion was expressed by the military expert, retired Colonel, head of the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics Andrey Koshkin.

The military expert noted that training flights are for this purpose, and are intended to test military equipment. Therefore, it isn’t necessary to worry about what happens during a test flight as a result of equipment failure.

Koshkin said that even though the plane sank to a great depth, it is already known that the black boxes were retrieved.

“Now there will be a debriefing, as is the case with pilots, the appropriate conclusions will be made, and all necessary measures will be taken to prevent this from happening again. And if it is necessary in a combat situation, this acquired experience of training flights will contribute to the execution of combat tasks,” declared the expert to the Russian Federal News Agency.

Earlier, American media reported the crash of a MiG-29K of the Russian Navy, which is part of the aircraft carrier battle group “Admiral Kuznetsov”. A little later this information was confirmed by the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. It was noted that the crash occurred a few kilometers from the cruiser. The MiG-29 fell while performing a flight in the Mediterranean sea with the aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”. The health of the pilot is not in danger.

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The Defense Ministry also added that the carrier group continues to work according to plan after the incident.

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