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A supersonic interceptor aircraft MiG-31 crashed in Kazakhstan

ASTANA, (BM) – The MiG-31 fighter of the air force of Kazakhstan crashed near the airport of Karaganda. The pilots were able to catapult, there were no dead, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according the Ministry of Defense statement on April 16.

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“The incident occurred south of the airfield of the city of Karaganda. After takeoff, one of the engines caught fire,” the news agency Caravan said.

After the crew received a command for ejection, the pilots sent the plane into the field.

By order of the Minister of Defense of Kazakhstan, a commission for the investigation of the accident was appointed. At the scene, a search and rescue service of the air force of Kazakhstan is operating.

In March 2019, a third-generation supersonic fighter-bomber MiG-27 crashed near the large city of Jodhpur in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

About MiG-31

The Mikoyan MiG-31 is a supersonic interceptor aircraft developed for use by the Soviet Air Forces. The aircraft was designed by the Mikoyan design bureau as a replacement for the earlier MiG-25 “Foxbat”.

The MiG-31 is based on and shares design elements with the MiG-25. The MiG-31 has the distinction of being one of the fastest combat jets in the world.

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It continues to be operated by the Russian Air Force and the Kazakhstan Air Force following the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The Russian Defence Ministry expects the MiG-31 to remain in service until 2030 or beyond.

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