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Equipment failure blamed for MIG-31 crash in Karaganda oblast

24 april 2013, 14:44
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MIG-31 aircrafts owned by Kazakhstan Defense Ministry. Photo courtesy of Yermek Sarbassov/Kazakhstan Defense Ministry©
MIG-31 aircrafts owned by Kazakhstan Defense Ministry. Photo courtesy of Yermek Sarbassov/Kazakhstan Defense Ministry©
Equipment failure was the main reason of the MIG-31 military aircraft crash in Karaganda oblast, Tengrinews.kz reports citing the press-service of Kazakhstan Defense Ministry.

“The military plane MIG-31 of the military department 50185 of the Defense Ministry crashed during a training flight on April 23, 2013 at 10:41 p.m.,” the Ministry’s message states.

The crew ejected themselves from the plane before the crash. Commander pilot Colonel Marat Yedigeev died and aeronavigator Major Ruslan Galimzyanov was hospitalized with injuries.

The press-service reported that the aircraft underwent an overhaul in Russia on December 31, 2012. It was on warranty maintenance and flew only 42 hours after the overhaul. The aircraft performed four successful training flights on April 23 and the crash happened during the fifth flight. Representatives of Russian 514 ARZ plant where the aircraft was maintained have been requested to arrive to Kazakhstan for the investigation. A commission of Kazakhstan Defense Ministry’s is working at the accident site.

Kazakhstan Emergency Situations Ministry reported that four employees and one vehicles of the fire-fighting service of Karaganda oblast Emergency Situations Department were involved in quenching the fire, as well as four employees and one vehicle of the Operative Rescue Team, three persons and one vehicle of Kazakhstan Emergency Situations Ministry’s Disaster Medicine Center, 6 employees and 3 vehicles of the Emergency Situations Department.

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