Egyptian Air Force MiG-29M Fighter Jet Crashes During Training Flight

A Russian-made MiG-29M “Fulcrum” fighter aircraft of the Egyptian Air Force has crashed during a training flight in Egypt, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported.

According to the report, the Egyptian pilot managed to eject safely and is out of danger.

The crashed aircraft was supplied by Russia to Egypt as part of a commercial contract in 2018. United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), the manufacturer of the jet, confirmed the incident.

“We have operational information about a crash of an Egyptian Air Force MiG-29M. In the near future, our technical experts will go to Egypt to assist in the investigation into the incident,” the United Aircraft Corporation said.

The incident came a month after a Russian MiG-29 fighter jet crashed in a forest near Moscow during a training flight due to an unknown cause. In July this year, a Polish Air Force MiG-29 jet crashed into a field in the country’s north during a night training mission, killing its pilot.

Mikoyan MiG-29 (Russian: Микоян МиГ-29; NATO reporting name: Fulcrum) is a twin-engine jet fighter aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by the Mikoyan design bureau as an air superiority fighter during the 1970s.

The MiG-29, along with the larger Sukhoi Su-27, was developed to counter new U.S. fighters such as the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle.

The jet entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1982. The MiG-29 has also been a popular export aircraft; more than 30 nations either operate or have operated the aircraft to date, India being one of the largest export operators of the type.

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