Video Shows Fighter Jet Burst Into Flames In Training Exercise Crash

(Screenshot/Bystander video via MASH)

Dylan Housman Deputy News Editor
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A Russian fighter jet went down in flames Wednesday during a training flight, and a number of bystanders captured video of the crash.

A MiG-31 crashed while flying over Russia’s Murmansk region, the state-controlled TASS News Agency reported, citing the Russian Defense Ministry. The plane reportedly went down in a “deserted” area after both pilots ejected in mid-air. The two pilots were evacuated after a search-and-rescue mission and did not suffer serious injuries, the Defense Ministry said. The cause of the crash has not yet been revealed.

Videos captured by bystanders show the jet rapidly descending into a lake after breaking apart into flames.

A Russian Su-34 aircraft accidentally bombed the Russian city of Belgorod on April 20 in an incident that the Russian Defense Ministry called a munitions malfunction. The bombing left a 40-meter wide crater in the middle of a busy street, a local government official said. (RELATED: Leaked Pentagon Documents Reveal How Russia Narrowly Escaped Perpetrating An Act Of War Against NATO)

In another incident last week, U.S. jets intercepted two Russian Tu-95 bombers near Alaska, the first such encounter since Russia shot down an American drone last month. NORAD said the bombers did not officially enter American or Canadian airspace.