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MiG Crashes Off of Russia’s Antique Aircraft Carrier

The jet crashed in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to land on Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, the Russian Ministry of Defense said Monday in a statement.
As Russia’s lone aircraft carrier and the Russian navy’s flagship, the Kuznetsov is often derided for its age and propensity for mechanical troubles. Its ramped deck and lack of a catapult system mean that jets such as the MiG-29K and Su-33 cannot take off fully loaded with fuel and munitions. The 1,000-foot vessel, a leftover from the Soviet Union, headed toward Syria in October, steaming through the English Channel as a show of force to Western Europe and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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