A Russian fighter jet that crashed last week during a training exercise was shot down by a rocket from an accompanying jet, Interfax news agency reported Wednesday, citing a military investigator. "It has been established that the Su-25 ground-attack plane was shot down by a rocket from its wingman," an official from the investigation team looking into the accident was quoted as saying. The Su-25 exploded and crashed, killing its pilot, during a training flight above a military range in the region of Primorye in far eastern Russia last Thursday, officials and local radio reports said. Investigators had originally said the jet may have gone down after one of its own weapons exploded. The Russian air force has temporarily grounded all Su-25 flights pending an inquiry into the crash.
Friday, March 28, 2008