Syrian air force lost a MiG-21УС. The fate of the pilots was unclear. According to one source, may have been the first to survive the ejection, and the second was killed trying to land the plane. The militants claim to have shot down the plane, which attacked the peaceful land. Experts agree that the MiG-21УС machine is very old, but the pilot could have been killed because of the desire to save the fighter.
In Syria near the airport in Hama province dropped the MiG-21УС the Syrian air force. Unlike the main model of plane – MiG-21 – this fighter combat training, so its cabin is designed for two pilots, not one.
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Fell under mysterious circumstances
Several versions of what happened. Syrian military source told Sputnik Agency that one of the pilots successfully ejected and landed in the village of al-magir. This area is under the control of Syrian government forces. The second pilot did not survive. “The co-pilot attempted to make an emergency landing at a military airfield in Hama. Landing was unsuccessful, and the pilot is dead,” said the source.
According to the latest information, spread by the Syrian media, the MiG-21УС was not shot down, and the reason became technical malfunction.
Earlier, a source in Syrian army reported that the militants killed the first pilot during the descent by parachute. And the plane the rebels shot down from ground-based air defense units during a RAID on the town of Kfar Nabouda, which is controlled by the armed opposition.
Members of the group “Ahrar al-sham” – the main allies in the “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” – stated that they shot down a MiG. As reported “Vesti”, the Islamists have published a video that allegedly confirms this. Experts, in turn, acknowledged the video “crude forgery”. It shows the time of ejection of one of the pilots, as well as clouds of dust, which may have risen after the plane crash.
In turn, the command of the Syrian armed forces maintains that continued military operations to the East of the province of Hama against terrorists “Islamic state” and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” (banned in Russia), on which the armistice agreement do not apply. In this province are in heavy fighting between Syrian government forces and terrorists. On Thursday, the Syrian army killed more than 70 militants.
The incident with the MiG-21УС happened a day before the resumption of negotiations in Geneva on resolving the situation. They will start on 14th March and will last 10 days.
“The MiG-21 is a very old machine”
Vice-President of the Academy of geopolitical problems, Colonel Vladimir Anokhin noted that in the area where they could be hit by a fighter, there are active operations, and the landing is the most dangerous stage of flight. In such circumstances it is difficult to speak about the level of preparation of pilots, so here is the more important question “about the ground situation than air”. “Secondly, the MiG-21 is a very old machine. The plane was produced in the USSR from 1959 to 1985. Of course, it is subject to greater risk of destruction from the ground than other aircraft types. And if it was two pilots, this training aircraft. So carried out some training sortie. Could be your training pilot on their own. So there is nothing strange that they are unable to navigate the increasingly complex combat situation,” – said Anokhin newspaper VIEW.