Two Russian fighter jets collide over Sea of Japan

 Two Russian fighter jets collide over Sea of Japan

FILE PHOTO: Sukhoi Su-35 multi-role fighters of the Sokoly Rossii (Falcons of Russia) aerobatic team fly in formation during a demonstration flight at the MAKS 2017 air show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, July 21, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo

Two Su-34 jets of the Russian Air Forces accidentally collided during a training flight in the country’s Far East on Friday, the Russian Defence Ministry confirmed in a statement.

According to the statement, the accident occurred over the Sea of Japan, 35 km off the coast, at 8:07am Moscow time (0507 GMT).

The planes performed the flights without ammunition and the crews have managed to eject safely.

An-12 and two Mi-8 helicopters from the search and rescue forces are searching for the pilots in the area where they ejected,’’ the statement said.

The Su-34 is Russia’s all-weather supersonic medium-range fighter-bomber.

It first flew in 1990 and has been in service with the Russian Air Force since 2014.

Ayomide Oyewole

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