Moscow: One of the two Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bomber aircraft, which collided mid-air, fell into the sea after its crew ejected, reported Russian news agency TASS on Friday. However, the fate of the other plane was unknown, a source in the regional law enforcement agencies said.
“One of the two Su-34 aircraft fell into the sea, its crew ejected. The fate of the second plane is unknown. It is expected that it may return to the base,” he said, adding that nothing was known about the fate of both crews.
The two Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers had collided over the Strait of Tatary (or the Tatar Strait), a source in the regional law enforcement agencies told TASS.
“Two Su-34 jets vanished from radar screens close to the inhabited community of Nelma in the Sovetsko-Gavansky District. They presumably collided in mid-air,” the source said.
Earlier, a TASS source said that both planes had been flying from the sea when they collided mid-air. The crew of one aircraft managed to eject, while the second plane will probably be able to return to the base.
Meanwhile, the agency reported that flights of the Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers were suspended throughout Russia. “Flights of the Su-34 bombers have been suspended throughout the country,” the source told the agency.