AP: Slovakia's Soviet-made Mig-29 jet crashes, pilot survives

15:20, 29 September 2019
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The ministry says the pilot ejected before the crash that occurred late Saturday and survived, the Associated Press (AP) reported on September 29.

He is hospitalized in stable and not-life-threatening condition.

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The military has grounded its fleet of Mig-29s until the cause of the crash is investigated. It took place near the city of Nitra, 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Bratislava, the capital.

Slovakia signed a deal last year to buy 14 F-16 military jets from Lockheed Martin as it seeks to replace the Soviet-era jets.

The first of the jets are scheduled to be delivered by 2022.

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