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Russian Su-25 Frogfoot Captured on Camera Crashing Into The Sea Of Azov

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Today, a tragic incident unfolded as a Russian Su-25 Frogfoot close air support jet crashed into the Sea of Azov near Yeysk. The coastal town of Yeysk is situated in the Krasnodar region, directly across the Sea of Azov from the Russian-occupied Ukrainian city of Mariupol. Unfortunately, the pilot lost their life despite successfully ejecting from the aircraft before the crash, according to a local official.

While details are still limited, reports indicate that the Su-25 crashed close to the shoreline during a routine training flight, as per a statement from the Krasnodar region’s operational headquarters, shared on RIA Novosti news agency’s Telegram channel. Onlookers captured a heart-wrenching video of the aircraft flying at low altitude over the sea, moments before it tragically plunged into the water.

 

Following a search and rescue operation for the pilot, the individual was retrieved from the sea and quickly transported to hospital, the TASS news agency subsequently reported.

 

It’s been suggested the Su-25 pilot was found in a critical condition, having broken their legs on impact with the sea and having almost drowned because of becoming tangled in their parachute lines.

Following the tragic incident, Roman Bublik, the head of the Yeysk district, confirmed through Telegram that the pilot lost their life in the crash. Although the exact time of the pilot’s death remains unclear, Bublik expressed his condolences to the family of the Su-25 attack aircraft’s pilot on behalf of the residents of the Yeisk District.

According to TASS, the initial assessment points to engine failure as the likely cause of the crash. However, the exact reasons behind the simultaneous failure of both turbojets on the twin-engine aircraft have not been determined yet.

The specific military unit to which the Su-25 belonged has not been disclosed at this time. There is a possibility that the aircraft was flying from the naval aviation base at Yeysk, which has played a significant role in hosting deployed aircraft during the conflict in Ukraine. The base has even undergone expansions to accommodate this purpose. Unfortunately, it has also been linked to other serious mishaps since the commencement of the all-out invasion, including a devastating crash of an Su-34 into a residential building in the city.

The Sukhoi Su-25s, introduced in the early 1980s, have significantly impacted the conflict on both sides during the war. However, their involvement has come with considerable risks, leading to the loss of many Su-25s over the course of the conflict. These losses can be attributed to the high-risk operational environment in which they operate. Moreover, concerns have been raised regarding the qualifications of the Russian aviators assigned to pilot these aircraft.

According to the Oryx open source intelligence group, a total of 30 Russian Su-25s have been visually confirmed as lost, including the one that crashed today, since the commencement of Russia’s all-out invasion of Ukraine in February of the preceding year.

Notably, Russian Su-25s have been involved in prominent incidents in recent times. For instance, in September 2022, an Su-25 crashed shortly after takeoff from the Millerovo air base in Rostov Oblast. Engine failure was speculated as a possible factor in that particular incident. The ongoing war has undoubtedly exerted immense pressure on Russian air power, likely contributing to non-combatant losses like these.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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