Plane crash in Russia – level 3

17-06-2016 15:00

The pilot of a Russian fighter jet has been killed in a crash outside Moscow. Russia’s Defence Ministry said the SU-27 fighter jet, which was part of the country’s elite aerobatic team the Russian Night, was returning to its base at the time of the incident and was not carrying weapons or ammunition.

Aviation sources said the crash looked like the result of some kind of technical failure and the Russian Air Force has grounded its entire fleet of Sukhoi 27 jets.

Defence Ministry sources  were cited a saying the pilot didn’t have time to eject because he’d used his final seconds to steer the aircraft away from a populated area. An investigation is reportedly underway into the cause of the crash.

Difficult words: elite (high-ranking), aerobatic (skilful moving), steer (make go left or right), cite (report what someone else said), reportedly (according to what some say).



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