Aircraft pilot killed in Russia

March 18th, 2009 - 6:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Krasnodar (Russia), March 18 (RIA Novosti) The pilot of a light L-39 combat trainer aircraft was killed when his plane crashed in the Krasnodar area in southern Russia, an Air Force spokesman said Wednesday.
The aircraft crashed near the Kushchevskoye airfield Tuesday evening while on a training flight.

“The pilot-instructor died,” Air Force spokesman Vladimir Drik said. “There are no victims or damage at the crash site.”

An enquiry was launched to find out the cause of the accident.

Following the incident, Air Force Commander Alexander Zelin ordered the temporary suspension of all L-39 flights.

The Czech-made L-39 Albatross is designed for initial and advanced training of cadets at military flight schools. In February last year, two L-39 aircraft crashed in the Krasnodar and Volgograd regions of southern Russia.

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