Russian-made Fighter Jet Crashes in Egypt

MiG-29 plane's crash during a training flight in Egypt was caused by a 'technical glitch in the control tools' ■ Pilot managed to eject to safety

Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets, Tehran, Iran, April 17, 2008
Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters

A Russian-made MiG-29 fighter plane crashed during a training flight in Egypt on Saturday, Russia's state-controlled United Aircraft Corporation was quoted by RIA news agency as saying. 

The plane was supplied by Russia to Egypt as part of a commercial contract in 2018, Russia's Kommersant newspaper said.

The Egyptian military confirmed that a fighter jet crashed while training due to a "technical glitch in the control tools", adding the pilot managed to eject safely. 

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"We are in possession of the latest information about the crash of a MiG-29M belonging to the Egyptian army. Our technical experts will travel to Egypt very soon to help in the investigation," the Russian aircraft corporation said. 

United Aircraft Corporation, which unites Russian state-owned military and civilian aircraft construction companies, could not immediately be reached for comment. 

Russia is due to supply 46 MiG-29 fighter planes to Egypt based on an agreement signed in 2015, Vedomosti newspaper said at the time, citing two sources in the aircraft industry.