Monday, December 5 2016 21:16 EET
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The only Russian aircraft carrier 'Admiral Kuznetsov' lost the second jet in three weeks - this time Su-33
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Another Russian warplane from the Admiral Kuznetsov allegedly plunged into the sea, the second one in three weeks. Another jet has crashed in the Mediterranian Sea from the Admiral Kuznetsov, the only Russian aircraft carrier, The Aviationist news outlet reports on Monday.

"Less than three weeks after losing a MiG-29, it looks like the Russian Navy has lost another aircraft during Admiral Kuznetsov operations: a Su-33 Flanker", the outlet says, referring to its military sources, according to Uatoday.

According to the report, the jet has crashed during its second attempt to land on the aircraft carrier in good weather conditions and with good visibility, having allegedly failed to catch the wires and going around a second time but falling short of the bow of the air carrier.

The pilot successfully ejected and was picked up by a Russian Navy search and rescue helicopter, the reports says.

The Sukhoi Su-33 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-D) is an all-weather carrier-based twin-engine air superiority fighter designed by Sukhoi and manufactured by Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association, derived from the Su-27 "Flanker" and initially known as the Su-27K. Compared with the Su-27, the Su-33 has a strengthened undercarriage and structure, folding wings and stabilators, all for carrier operations. The Su-33 has canards and its wings are larger than the Su-27 for increased lift. The Su-33 has upgraded engines and a twin nose wheel, and is air refuelable.

As reported previously, on November 14, a Russian MiG-29 jet crashed while trying to land aboard the only Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov near the Syrian shores.

Later, it was reported that the Russian command decided to redeploy most of the carriers squadron ashore to the Russian military base in Hmeymim, Syria, because of the desperate lack of experienced combat jet drivers able to perform naval takeoff and landings.

Meanwhile, the Russian defence ministry has confirmed the crash to media.

"After completing the combat mission in the Syrian sky, while landing aboard the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier, the Su-33 fighter rolled off the board because of the wire breach," the official told Russian media, adding that the pilot was safe.

Earlier reported two Russian landing ships entered the Mediterranean to support Russian troops in Syria.

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