The defense Ministry reported the discovery of fragments of bodies of pilots L-39

© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Timepiece in fotomontagen-combat aircraft L-39. Archival photoThe defense Ministry reported the discovery of fragments of bodies of pilots L-39© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Timepiece the image Bank

The defense Ministry has discovered fragments of bodies of pilots of combat training aircraft L-39 crashed in the Krasnodar region.

As noted in the Department, as a result of search works it was possible to establish the whereabouts of the remains of both pilots.

«Over the past day in accordance with established procedures, carried out the extraction of the fragments found out of the water,» — said in the Ministry of defense.

The plane crash

Plane L-39 crashed Thursday night during a training flight. The aircraft fell in the sea of Azov near the village Dolzhansky Krasnodar territory. Maneuvers were carried out without ammunition.

According to preliminary data, the cause of the crash was a technical malfunction.

In connection with the crash of flight L-39 is temporarily suspended.

The search operation

In search operations involved four helicopters, two ships of support and more than 220 personnel. Also, the search operation involved two boats, emergency situations, and four boats of the border service of the FSB.

In addition, looking at the crash site involved a rescue boat of the black sea fleet. The ship will hoist the large fragments of the fuselage of the L-39.

L-39 «Albatross»

L-39 (Aero L-39 Albatros) — a Czech training and combat training aircraft. Made its first flight on 4 November 1968. In 1972 he was selected as the main training aircraft of the countries-participants of the Warsaw Treaty Organization. Series was produced until 1999 (2868 built aircraft). Is in service in more than 30 countries.

The crew of the L-39 is one or two people. Fuselage length — 12,13 meters, a wingspan of 9.46 m. The maximum speed L-39 — 761 kilometers per hour, the practical range of 1650 kilometers, service ceiling of 12 thousand meters.