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Russia Grounds SU-27 Fleet After Thursday Crash

by Mike Hoffman on June 29, 2012

Moscow Times is reporting the Russian Air Force has grounded its SU-27 fleet after a fourth generation fighter crashed Thursday in Russia’s Far East killing one pilot and injuring the other.

Russian Air Force officials expect the investigation into the crash to last up to 30 days. Flights have been suspended until the conclusion of the investigation.

Russia built the SU-27 to compete with America’s F-15. About 450 SU-27 Flankers make up the Russian fleet while another 200 have been shipped to Russian allies such as China. There have been no reports of other countries grounding their SU-27 fleets.

Investigators have recovered the flight recorders. Officials told Moscow Times the crash was likely caused by pilot error or technical problems with the onboard flight system. There’s also the possibility the crash was caused by a bird.

Considering Russia’s flagging defense budget, the military can’t afford to lose fourth generation fighters in training runs. Despite the lack of air-to-air combat, the world’s fighter aircraft have experienced a string of problems. The U.S. Air Force is still trying to figure out why the F-22 fighter jet keeps suffocating its pilots.

Thursday’s crash coincidentally occurred near where a Tu-134 airliner crashed that killed 47 people. That investigation later found the pilot was drunk.

 

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DGR June 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Pilot error, technical problems or a bird strike. Yup, sounds like they narrowed it down already……

I guess the US isnt the only one who keeps releasing information before there is information to release.

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4FingerOfBouron June 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Tying this to F22 hypoxia is a bit of a stretch…would compare better to F-15's breaking in half…

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JackBlack June 30, 2012 at 10:01 am

And they presented it as an in-line sentence in a malevolent way, so who noticed, noticed.
Military writings never cease to amaze.

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icedrake June 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Wow, awesome. I guess now my comments are auto-deleted by "administrator."

Not going to bother retyping the actual interesting bits, just point out that the site can't even get basic facts right: Both Russian-language sources and the sole hit on the Moscow Times website for "SU-27" state that both pilots successfully ejected.

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KSK June 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Su-27 under Russian service r quite old still they r reliable .. and i think latter versions Su-30 like Su-30MKI r amongst the best 4.5 gen fighters.

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Kole June 29, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I say all the countries and their fighters need to consider thinking before speaking.

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Black Owl June 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm

The Russian Su-27 is old, but I thought that the F-15 fleet in the US is much older. We've had a few incidents, but our F-15s still fly and capable of fighting today. I wonder what caused this Su-27 to go down.

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Lance June 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Depends the F-15C and F-15E are much younger than the older As which are retired now.

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Laxman June 30, 2012 at 11:44 am

When was the last C model made? Like mid 80's maybe?

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Lance June 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Not surprised seems most 4th gen fighter had a share of faults due to age MiG-29 had them in 2008, but they're fixed and im sure the Flankers will fly again.

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RON July 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm

SEEMS THAT OUR AIR TANKERS USED IN FIRE FIGHTING FALL OUT OF THE AIR TO. TWO THIS YEAR ALREADY.
THE RUSSIAN PLANES HAVE A BAD HABIT OF BREAKING UP IN MID AIR, OR ENGINE FAIL, OR PARTS FAIL .
MAYBE THEY HAD SOME OF THOUGHS PARTS MADE IN CHINA?

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walter July 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Triing to compare an air tanker dropping water or retardent on a fire is QUITE different then a plane breaking up in mid-air. TOO bad no one can or will film an air tanker fliing over a fire from inside and see the stresses both plane and pilot can be subjected to with little or NO WARNING. I don't want to fly into a hurricane but would do that with less fear than triing to made a drop over or just ahead of a wild fire, worse yet, if I had to fly through or over a relatively narrow canyon. Ground phioto FAIL to show the turbulance !__

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RCDC July 3, 2012 at 7:15 am

Better sell it to asian countries before it all fall in the sky at 50% off.

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Dewitt Glenn October 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm

pilots of the raptor are alergic to the epoxy resin the aircraft is made with this substance reacts horribly on your air sacs in the lungs

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