Dramatic footage of Russian pilot ejecting before warplane crashes
In what is probably a world-first, footage of a Russian pilot ejecting from a fighter jet over Ukraine in October 2022. A dramatic video of a Russian pilot ejecting from his warplane moments before it explodes is going viral around the world. “This is probably the first ever action camera combat jet ejection footage,” says aviation blogger David Cenciotti. The “point-of-view” clip, posted to the Russian Fighterbomber Telegram channel, starts inside a Sukhoi Su-25SM fighter jet. The pilot ejects and his parachute deploys before his single-seat jet crashes and explodes.
About a minute later, the pilot is heard speaking on a radio.
In a Telegram post, the Russian region’s governor Igor Kobzev said the plane – a Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet said to be on a test flight, slammed into the building, where two families were housed, in the city of Irkutsk.
Kobzev also shared video showing fire fighters climbing over the wreckage and pouring jets of water over the rubble.
He is heard grunting as he lands in deep vegetation a short distance from the wreckage.
It was unclear when and where the crash happened and whether the jet had been struck by Ukrainian forces.
The incredible clip also was shared on Twitter by military analyst Rob Lee, who described it as “crazy helmet camera footage.”
The footage emerged after two Russian pilots were killed when their jet crashed into a Siberian home on Sunday.
A Sukhoi Su-34 also crashed into an apartment block in the southern Russian city of Yeysk, near Ukraine, killing at least 15 people and injuring 19. The cause was a technical malfunction, authorities said after an initial investigation.
Source: The Sun
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