18:59 Nov. 21, 2016
The jet was flown by an experienced pilot, although MiG-29 fighters still have their problems
The Russian MiG-29 jet fighter from the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier crashed into the sea because the arrestor gear rope snapped and engine failure, the UNIAN agency reports.
During the carrier landing, one of the three jets returning from sortie broke the arrestor gear rope and managed to catch the reserve one; the broken rope tangled with the reserve rope and thus made the landing impossible.
Meanwhile, the third jet preparing for landing was ordered to make a go-around as the crew was fixing the ropes. As the fighter flew around the carrier, both engines failed after the alleged fuel feeder breakdown.
In such cases, a jet starts falling like a stone, in this situation a pilot has nothing left to do but to eject, the agency reports. The jet was flown by an very experienced pilot, who had conducted over 200 carrier landings, the message reveals.
As reported previously, a Russian MiG-29 jet fighter crashed into the Mediterranian Sea near the Syrian shores on November 13, according to the information provided to the Guardian by U.S. officials.
Later, the Russian defence ministry confirmed these reports of the crash. The pilot was then rescued by the helicopters.