Investigation team names cause of Su-25 fighter jet crash near Zaporizhia

15:30, 11 November 2015

The investigation team says the cause of the crash of Su-25 military fighter jet in Zaporizhia region was a collision with the high-voltage power transmission line, Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatoliy Matios wrote on Facebook.

"According to the preliminary version of the investigation team of military prosecutors and the Inspection for Air Crash Investigations, who have been working on the scene, during a training flight at an extremely low altitude, the plane collided with a high-voltage power transmission line, crashing near the village of Ternivka in Zaporozhia region," the report says.

According to Matios, the plane was not armed.

At the same time, according to press secretary of the Ukrainian General Staff Vladyslav Selezniov, a young pilot killed in the crash was born in Crimea.

"The pilot was from Simferopol. He was a graduate of the Faculty of flight personnel of Kharkiv University of the Air Force. He was trained for flight operations on L-39 and Su-25 fighter jets," he said.

According to Selezniov, the pilot had all the necessary permits to carry out solo flights.

Read alsoSu-25 fighter jet crashes in Zaporizhia regionAsked whether the pilot performed flights during the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Donbas, Selezniov said that, when the Ukrainian Armed Forces involved the Air Force in combat, the pilot had just graduated from the university.

According to the users of social networks, a pilot Yegor Bolshakov was a senior lieutenant.

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