Russian L-39 Jet Trainer Crashes Killing Pilot

A Russian L-39 Albatros jet trainer crashed in the southwestern Dmitrievskaya settlement in Krasnodar Region on Wednesday killing the pilot, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

“On March 25, a combat training plane L-39 crashed during a routine training flight in the Krasnodar Region at 16:00 Moscow time,” the Defense Ministry statement read.

According to the Ministry, the pilot, a cadet at the Krasnodar flight school, failed to eject himself and died in the crash.

The Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer developed in Czechoslovakia by Aero Vodochody.

The aircraft was designed during the 1960s as a replacement for the Aero L-29 DelfĂ­n as a principal training aircraft. It was the first trainer aircraft to be equipped with a turbofan powerplant.

The L-39 was exported to a wide range of countries as a military trainer.

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