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All Mig 31 are grounded

A Russian Mikoyan MiG-31 fighter jet crashed in the Urals on Tuesday, killing both pilots, officials say. The jet exploded in a fireball minutes after taking off from a military airport in the Perm region in the early hours of Tuesday. It was on a routine training flight, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said.

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A technical failure is being investigated as the possible cause of the crash, a source in the ministry told RIA Novosti. A similar jet crashed in the region last year, but the pilots managed to parachute to safety. All MiG-31s have been grounded following the accident. The Defense Ministry said the ban would remain in place until the cause of the disaster had been established.

The Mikoyan MiG-31 is a supersonic interceptor aircraft developed to replace the MiG-25 “Foxbat”. The MiG-31 was designed by the Mikoyan design bureau based on the MiG-25. Like the MiG-25, MiG-31 is a large twin-engine aircraft with side-mounted air intakes, a shoulder-mounted wing with an aspect ratio of 2.94, and twin vertical tailfins. Unlike the MiG-25, it has two seats, with the rear occupied by a dedicated weapon systems officer.

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The MiG-31 entered operational service with the Soviet Anti-Air Defense (PVO) in 1982. It was first photographed by a Norwegian pilot over the Barents Sea in 1985. The MiG-31 was sought after for a variety of long-range missions. It reached an absolute maximum altitude of 123,524 ft, or 37,650 m, and set a time to height record of 4,000 m in 4 minutes, 11.78 seconds, both which were set by test pilot Alexander Fedotov. Ostapenko, his deputy, set a record of 3,000 m in 3 minutes, 9.8 seconds.

It is the second time that Russia grounds its fleet of jet fighters. Last time it was all Mig 29, due to a crash also. This can only boost the reputation of Sukhoi.

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