MOSCOW – The Russian military says one of its warplanes crashed while on a training exercise in southern Russia and the pilot was killed.
The Defense Ministry statement, carried by the Tass news agency, says the Su-25 ground attack aircraft went down Monday evening in an uninhabited area in the Stavropol region. The crash caused no casualties or damage on the ground.
The Su-25 is one of the aircraft the Russian military has deployed in Syria to provide air support for the Syrian army.
Since Russia began the air campaign five months ago, its warplanes have flown thousands of missions. Russia is known to have lost only one aircraft — an Su-24 shot down by a Turkish jet in November.
The military said the cause of Monday's crash is under investigation.