18:35 Nov. 14, 2016
The plane crashed because of the mechanical difficulties
A Russian MiG-29 jet fighter crashed in the Mediterranean Sea after launching from its aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov near the Syrian shores on Sunday, the Fox News reports referring to its sources among the U.S. officials.
According to the report, three Russian MiG-29 fighter jets took off from the Admiral Kuznetsov and flew in the direction of Syria. One of them turned out to have mechanical difficulties and later splashed down in the sea as it attempted to land aboard. Its pilot was rescued by a helicopter, his status remains unclear, the outlet's sources said.
As previously reported, the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and its supporting fleet had reached the shores of Syria last week and had been preparing to strike the Syrian opposition militants defending the eastern part of Aleppo.
Meanwhile, the Russian defence ministry confirmed the MiG crash on Monday.