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Russia says fighter pilot dies in crash outside Moscow

FILE- In this Saturday, May 26, 2007 file photo, a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet of the Russian air force elite aerobatic team Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) makes a low pass during an air show in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. A pilot of the Russian air force's elite aerobatic squadron died Thursday, June 9, 2016 when his fighter jet crashed near Moscow. The Russian Defense Ministry said the Su-27 fighter jet went down while returning from a training mission. It said, according to preliminary information, the crash had been caused by a technical malfunction, but wouldn't elaborate pending an official probe. 3 (AP Photo/Sergei Venyavsky, file)

FILE- In this Saturday, May 26, 2007 file photo, a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet of the Russian air force elite aerobatic team Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) makes a low pass during an air show in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. A pilot of the Russian air force's elite aerobatic squadron died Thursday, June 9, 2016 when his fighter jet crashed near Moscow. The Russian Defense Ministry said the Su-27 fighter jet went down while returning from a training mission. It said, according to preliminary information, the crash had been caused by a technical malfunction, but wouldn't elaborate pending an official probe. 3 (AP Photo/Sergei Venyavsky, file)  (The Associated Press)

The Russian defense ministry says a fighter jet has crashed outside Moscow, killing the pilot.

The ministry said the unidentified pilot died when his Su-27 crashed Thursday morning north of Moscow as it was returning to the home base.

The ministry would not give any more detail but two Russian state-owned news agencies quoted an industry source saying the jet belonged to one of the elite aerobatic squadrons, the Russkiye Vityazi (the Russian Knights).

The TASS news agency reported from the scene that a fragment of the fuselage has a Russian Knights insignia on it.