Accident MiG-29 nb 67 on 2017-12-18

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MiG-29 nb 67 accident on December 18, 2017.

MiG-29. 2017. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman
MiG-29. 2017. Photo by Karol Placha Hetman

On December 18, 2017, Mikojan and Gurevich MiG-29 crashed in a pine thicket near Mińsk Mazowiecki, whose pilot survived. This is one of the more unusual aviation accidents.

The accident of the MiG-29 nb 67 No. 2960526367 took place on December 18, 2017, around 5:00 pm. By this time it was already night and the weather was fine. The plane was on the final landing straight at the 23rd Tactical Air Base Airport in Mińsk Mazowiecki. The plane disappeared from the radar screens.

The plane was piloted by a 28-year-old officer. He had over 400 hours of flight time, including over 200 hours on MiG-29 aircraft. The pilot had valid aero-medical examinations and had the necessary qualifications and permits to fly.

The plane touched down in a young forest cutting down trees like a scythe. It was about 8,000 meters to the RWY threshold. The pilot did not catapult. He left the plane on his own.

According to unofficial information, the reason could be the pilot's error, who badly planned the approach to RWY, or lack of fuel. MiG-29 flights were suspended, but resumed relatively quickly (January 5, 2018). Rapid resumption of flights may indicate a pilot error by the pilot. The recommendations of the accident investigation committee mainly concerned pilot training.

Written by Karol Placha Hetman