Two Russian pilots killed in crash

September 6th, 2011 - 3:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Sep 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Russian MiG-31 fighter jet crashed in the Urals Tuesday, killing both pilots, officials said.

The jet exploded in a fireball minutes after taking off from a military airport in the Perm region early Tuesday.

It was on a routine training flight, a spokesman for the Russian defence ministry said.

A technical failure is being investigated as the possible cause of the crash, a source in the ministry told RIA Novosti.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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