An Azerbaijani Air Force MiG-29 fighter aircraft has crashed into the Caspian Sea during a training flight, the country’s Defense Ministry reported on Thursday.
According to the Defense Ministry, a search and rescue operation is underway.
“On July 24 at around 22:00 local time (21:00 Moscow time), contact was suddenly lost with a MiG-20 aircraft of the Azerbaijani Air Force, which was performing a training mission at night. It disappeared from radar screens. According to a preliminary version, the warplane crashed and fell into the Caspian Sea,” the ministry’s press service said.
A commission has been set up to investigate the cause of the crash.
Mikoyan MiG-29 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum) is a Soviet/Russian twin-engine jet fighter aircraft developed by the Mikoyan design bureau as an air superiority fighter during the 1970s.
The Azerbaijani Air Force reportedly had around 13 MiG-29s in operational service.