November 3, 2018 / 2:11 PM / 14 days ago

Russian-made fighter plane crashes in Egypt: RIA

CAIRO/MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian-made MiG-29 fighter plane crashed during a training flight in Egypt, Russia’s state-controlled aircraft manufacturer was quoted by RIA news agency as saying on Saturday.

The Egyptian military confirmed that a fighter jet crashed while training due to a “technical glitch in the control tools”, adding the pilot managed to eject safely.

“We are in possession of the latest information about the crash of a MiG-29M belonging to the Egyptian army. Our technical experts will travel to Egypt very soon to help in the investigation,” Russia’s state-controlled United Aircraft Corporation was quoted by RIA as saying.

United Aircraft Corporation, which unites Russian state-owned military and civilian aircraft construction companies, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Under a 2015 deal, Russia agreed to supply 46 MiG-29 fighter planes to Egypt, Vedomosti newspaper said at the time, citing two sources in the aircraft industry.

Reporting by Polina Ivanova in MOSCOW and Amina Ismail in CAIRO; Editing by Ros Russell

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