Second Russian warplane crashes in failed carrier landing near Syria: Official

The Russian Defence Ministry said a Sukhoi jet crashed while trying to land on the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov (pictured).
The Russian Defence Ministry said a Sukhoi jet crashed while trying to land on the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov (pictured). PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia's defence ministry on Monday (Dec 5) said a Sukhoi jet attempting a landing on its Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier crashed after rolling off the deck, making it the second warplane to crash in a month.

"After carrying out its military assignment in Syrian airspace, a Su-33 fighter rolled beyond the deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier during landing due to breakage of the arresting cable," the defence ministry said in a statement quoted by Russian news agencies.