Warplane crashes in central Russia, crew ejects safely
A Russian warplane crashed on Saturday near the city of Lipetsk in central Russia but both pilots ejected safely, the Defense Ministry said, RIA Novosti reported.
Spokesman Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said the Yak-130 crashed at 16:58 Moscow time during takeoff at the Lipetsk Air Force Training Center.
He said the pilots were "in satisfactory condition."
Drik said a special commission, headed by the Air Force chief of staff, was set up to look into the accident.
A ministry source told RIA Novosti the accident could have been caused by a technical defect but that the final conclusion would only be made after a thorough investigation.
The Yak-130 Mitten is a subsonic two-seat jet trainer/light attack aircraft.