March 20. VOSTOK MEDIA – An aircraft of the Russian Air Force Su-25 crashed in the Primorsky Krai today. The aircraft was carrying out a training flight when fell down to mountains at 10:33 a.m. local time (0:33 GMT), 143 km (90 miles) from Vladivostok. The pilot died. The investigation commission of the Far Eastern Union of Air Force and Air Defense has flown to the crash site.
“Today, on March 20 at 3:33 Moscow time (0:33 GMT), a Su-25 aircraft crashed during a training flight near the Chernigovka airbase, 143 kilometers from Vladivostok… The commander of the Russian Air Force has ordered the suspension of Su-25 flights,” AF spokesman Colonel Alexander Drobyshevsky said, RIA Novosti reports.
“According to preliminary reports, the plane developed technical problems during live firing exercises,” Drobyshevsky said.
The Su-25 is a single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau to provide close air support for the ground troops.