Sukhoi Su-34 jet fighter performs during the international air show MAKS-2007 in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, August 23, 2007. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA) - RTR1T158

During a training flight in the Lipetsk region, two Su-34 fighter-bomber planes collided; fortunately, the pilots managed to land both planes, the Russian news media outlet REN-TV reported.

According to reports, the warplanes made contact with one another in the air due to a loss of visual contact.

“The leader hit the wingman with the end of the wing by the cockpit; while trying to turn their jets away, they collided again. At the same time, debris got into the engine of one of the planes,” an unnamed source told REN-TV media outlet.

Both aircraft managed to land successfully and no-one was injured.

However, both aircraft sustained serious damage. The cabin, engine and fuselage of one of the planes were damaged. The wingtip was ripped off the other, which contained equipment that was part of its electronic countermeasures system.

 

Source: Sputnik

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Wow! They were freaking lucky! Usually, a mid-air collision is very likely to be fatal! The most impressive case ever of an aircraft returning to its base was a F-15 which lost a FULL wing to a SAM and managed to return to its base. Flying in close formation has lost any interest today. I don’t get why they keep training at doing so : the time when flying very close used to confuse radars at seeing a single spot ended about 30 years ago. All you do is uselessly endanger pilots lives and useful machines costing tens of millions… Read more »