Serbian Mig-29 crashes near Belgrade

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Mig-29 jet fighter of the Serbian Air Force and Air Defense crashed near Belgrade, Serbia, on Tuesday.

The pilot ejected from the airplane and was transferred to military hospital. Lt. Col. Rade Randjelovic, aged 47, suffered serious injuries and died at the hospital.

Mig-29 jet fighter
Image: Coert van Breda.

A soldier located on the ground was also killed, and another injured.

Randjelovic was conducting a training flight at the time of the accident and was preparing for the Belgrade aircraft acrobatics show.

The Serbian Air Force has five MiG-29s which were repaired between 2007 and 2008 at a cost of 15m (£13 m).

The cause of the crash is still unknown, pending an official investigation.