A Russian Navy Mikoyan MiG-29KR/KUBR naval fighter has reportedly crashed in the Mediterranean during operations from the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov on Sunday afternoon.
The aircraft apparently came down close to the carrier on its return from a mission flown over Syria. Wreckage of the aircraft has been recovered, and the pilot was picked up by a Russian Navy search and rescue helicopter. There is currently no confirmation regarding his condition.
Initial indications are that the aircraft was a two-seat MiG-29KUBR version. Operated by the 100th Independent Shipborne Fighter Aviation Regiment, a total of four MiG-29KR/KUBRs were understood to be on board the carrier.
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