Russian Defence Ministry confirms Su-34 jets collision

Russian Defence Ministry confirms Su-34 jets collision

Russia's Defence Ministry confirmed that two Su-34 bombers collided in the Far East.

"On 18 January, at 8:07 (Moscow time), while performing a planned training flight over the Sea of Japan, 35 kilometers from the coast, two Su-34 planes of the Far Eastern Air Defence Forces made contact in the air while maneuvering," the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Russian Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

"The aircraft crews have ejected. An An-12 and two Mi-8 helicopters from the search and rescue forces are searching for the pilots in the area where they ejected. The planes performed the flight without ammunition," Spunik cited the statement as saying.

It was added that one of the pilots of the Su-34 bomber that crashed in the sea in Russia's Far East has been found by the rescue crew.