Rescue workers find bodies of two Su-34 pilots who fell into sea
Investigators have initiated a criminal case of violation of flight rules.
Two Su-34 pilots, who had fallen into the Sea of Japan, have been found dead. Rescue workers are looking for two more persons; one person has been brought ashore alive. This is reported by TASS. The ICR Military Investigations Directorate for the Pacific Fleet has initiated a criminal case of Violation of the Rules for Flights and Training for Them (Art. 351 of the Russian Criminal Code).
“A detachment of ships of the Pacific Fleet along with the rescue ship Igor Belousov have gone looking for the crew. This is a specialized vessel for searching underwater objects,” Vladivostok Maritime Rescue Coordination Center representatives reported.
Search and rescue operation is complicated by bad weather conditions.
In the morning of January 18, two Su-34 fighter-bombers of the military unit No. 77983 touched each other during scheduled training flights and fell into the Sea of Japan near the Tatar Strait, 35 km from the coast.