A Russian pilot has sadly passed away after his Su-25 fighter jet crashed into the Azov Sea in the southern region of Russia near Ukraine. The incident occurred during a training flight shortly after the aircraft took off from a local airfield, as reported by the state-run RIA Novosti.
According to the Southern Military District in Rostov-on-Don, the crash was attributed to an engine failure. Distressing video footage circulated on social media capturing the moment the fighter jet plummeted into the water. In the video, the pilot can be seen parachuting from the aircraft, while onlookers at a nearby beach observe the alarming scene.
Expressing his condolences, Roman Bublik, the head of the Yeisk district in the southern Krasnodar region, took to social media, saying, “I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of the pilot who tragically lost his life in the Su-25 attack aircraft crash during a training flight.”
Reports from pro-war channels suggest that the Russian pilot was on his inaugural combat mission when the accident occurred, resulting in the aircraft crashing into the sea. Despite emergency crews’ efforts, the pilot could not be saved. It is reported that upon impact, he suffered a leg injury and became entangled in his parachute, contributing to the tragic outcome.
The incident is a sobering reminder of the risks and dangers faced by military personnel during training exercises and combat missions. The loss of the pilot’s life serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by those in service to their country. The investigation into the crash will undoubtedly shed more light on the circumstances surrounding the engine failure and the tragic sequence of events that unfolded.
Our thoughts go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of the pilot as they mourn the loss of their loved one in this devastating accident.