Two Su-34 fighter-bombers collide in Russia’s Far East

Body of pilot found after two Russian fighter jets collide over Sea of Japan

The bodies of two crew members were recovered during the search and rescue operation, the military confirmed.

Both crews ejected from their aircraft, and one pilot was located on an inflatable raft in the sea as he flashed an emergency light.

The Russian Su-34 bombers touched in mid-air and fell into the sea near the Strait of Tartary, which separates Russia´s Sakhalin island from the mainland, according to the country´s Investigative Committee.

According to the source, the incident occurred in the morning hours of Friday, Jan 18.

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The Russian military said the Su-34 jets were performing training flights when they came into contact about 35 km from the shore.

An Interfax report went on to say the Russian Defense Ministry released a statement saying they believe "pilot error" is to blame for the crash. Russian Federation operates approximately 127 of the Sukhoi Su-34 aircraft.

The Su-34, dubbed "Fullback" by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, is one of Russia's most capable aircraft - able to engage targets on the ground and in the air - and has been used extensively in Syria.

The 45 ton, Mach 1.8-capable Russian Su-34, created to carry up to 8 tons of weaponry, has a tactical radius of 4,000 km, and a flight ceiling of 18,000 meters.

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