By The Advocate News
According to the Algerian defense ministry, an Algerian pilot died when his Russian-made fighter jet crashed during a training flight in the country’s west.
The MiG-29 crashed “due to a technical fault, immediately after taking off from Bousfer airbase” in the province of Oran, the company said late Monday.
The pilot and co-pilot were able to eject, but the pilot died as a result of his injuries, according to the statement.
General Said Chengriha, the chief of the armed forces, has ordered an investigation into the crash.
In recent years, the North African country’s armed forces have suffered a string of aviation disasters.
In April 2018, an Ilyushin Il-76 heavy transport plane crashed south of Algiers, killing all 257 people on board, the majority of whom were military personnel, in the country’s deadliest crash.
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In February 2014, 77 soldiers or relatives were killed when a Hercules C-130 transport plane crashed east of Algiers.
In December 2020, three Algerian navy officers died when their MS-25 Merlin helicopter crashed into the Mediterranean west of the capital.