Russia's air force says one of its fighter jets has crashed in the far east, but both crew members have ejected to safety. Air force spokesman Col Vladimir Drik says the Su-27 UB crashed today while flying its first test mission after repairs.
It came down near Vozdvizhenka air field in the fareastern Primorsky region. Drik said both crew members safely ejected and were in satisfactory condition.
There was no damage on the ground. He said that an official probe into the cause of the crash has begun. The twin-engined Su-27 entered service in the 1980s and has remained a mainstay of the Soviet and then Russian air force.