A Russian Su-27 fighter jet had fallen in the waters of the Black Sea. As it was revealed, the Russian combat aircraft crashed in the area where several NATO ships had entered the Black Sea on Monday.
In detail, the ships of NATO who entered the Black Sea were: The Turkish Barbaros-class frigate TCG Salihreis (F-246), the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigate HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337), and the Italian Bergamini-class frigate Virginio Fasan (F 591).
It had already been reported that the main purpose of the flight of the Russian Su-27 could be the interception of the ships of the North Atlantic Alliance. The purpose of the flight was not other from the detection of the situation in the surface of the Black Sea, in the area of NATO ships.
According to the correspondent of Komsomolskaya Pravda at the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet, at about 20:11 Moscow time, a signal of emergency was received in the radio communications.
Immediately, an A26 airplane with a Mi-8 helicopter were ordered to search and rescue the pilot. In parallel, anti-submarine ship of the Black Sea Fleet started the search in addition with civilian vessels in the vicinity which were called also to search and rescue the pilot.
Darkness and difficult weather conditions as a storm arose, prevented them from finding the pilot. lthough the operation has not stopped.
The pilot of Su-27 fighter was an experienced lieutenant colonel, with almost 2000 hours of flight.
In the meantime, experts are expressing different versions about the causes of the crush; a complex technical malfunction of the combat jet or the loss of consciousness by the pilot.
Initially, it was reported that the pilot was able to extract from the water, but this information was not true.
NATO ships do not interfere to the Russian military search and rescue operation, although their presence in the area could seriously complicate the search and rescue operation of the Russian military.