The Su-27 Fighter Jet Belonging to the Ethiopian Air Force Crashed
ADDIS ABEBA, (BM) – The Su-27 fighter belonging to the Ethiopian air force crashed, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The accident occurred immediately after taking off from the country’s main air base in 50 km southeast of Addis Ababa, two pilots died. The instructor and the trainee pilot are called as victims of the incident.
As indicated, the cause of the disaster was the ignition of the engine of the machine. Instructor Sabri Taufik ejected from the plane, but the parachute did not work due to the low altitude. As a result, the pilot died.
Su-27 were acquired by Ethiopian authorities from Russia during the border war with Eritrea, which lasted two years, from 1998 to 2000. During this confrontation, there were cases of combat collisions with the MiG-29 – another model of Soviet fighters.
“Su-27 is a jet fighter with increased ability to maneuver”, notes the publication Defense Arabic.
At present, according to the IISS analytical center, all Ethiopian Su-27 / Su-27UB are consolidated into one squadron (according to other sources, approximately 22 Su-27 units form two squadrons). The second fighter squadron is equipped with MiG-23 aircraft. There are Su-27 and the newly independent Eritrea (along with the MiG-29).
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