It would take Russian investigators at least a month to establish the cause of an accident with a Su-27SM Flanker fighter jet that crashed in Russia’s Far East on Wednesday, a military source said.
The jet crashed during the landing at an airbase near Vladivostok after a routine training flight.
The pilot ejected successfully and was hospitalized with minor injuries.
“Judging by experience, investigators work on such cases for at least a month,” the source in the Defense Ministry said.
“Experts will have to question the pilot, the technicians and eye- witnesses.” Other military sources said Wednesday that said that the crash might have been caused by a technical failure, including engine failure.
The Russian Air Force has suspended Su-27SM flights until the end of the investigation.