Russian fighter jet crashes into Mediterranean

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Russian military fighter jet MIG 29 in flight

MEDITERRANEAN SEA — A Russian fighter jet crashed into the Mediterranean as it attempted to land on a Russian aircraft carrier, according to Russian state news agency Tass.

Citing the Russian Defense Ministry, Tass said the pilot of the MIG 29 ejected a few kilometers from the carrier, and was recovered safely.

Russian state media outlet Sputnik quoted a Defense Ministry statement blaming the accident on a technical problem. It’s unclear when the crash took place.

A flotilla of Russian naval vessels, including the Soviet-era aircraft carrier, arrived off the Syrian coast on Saturday.