A Yakovlev Yak-130 advanced trainer and combat jet has crashed near the Borisoglebsk airfield in south-central Russia, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.
A combat training Yak-130 plane crashed near the Borisoglebsk airbase on Saturday, the ministry said in a statement.
The crew of the plane avoided hitting nearby buildings before catapulting, according to the ministry.
Сборка учебно-боевого самолета Як-130 на Иркутском авиационном заводе pic.twitter.com/qSP3qzK6Kc— Андрей Новиков (@stilceramik) 11 сентября 2017 г.
"Both pilots signaled right after landing and their lives and health are not in danger. A search and rescue group has been sent to the area for evacuation," the statement added.
A military flight safety commission is preparing to leave for the area to establish the cause of the crash.