Russian air carrier ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV lost second jet fighter, again not in action
Russian Su-33 crashed in the Mediterranean while attempting to land on Kuznetsov aircraft carrier
Dec 05 2016
By David Cenciotti
Less than three weeks after losing a MiG-29, it looks like the Russian Navy has lost another aircraft during Admiral Kuznetsov operations: a Su-33 Flanker.
Military sources close to The Aviationist report that a Russian Navy Su-33 Flanker carrier-based multirole aircraft has crashed during flight operations from Admiral Kuznetsov on Saturday, Dec. 3.
According to the report, the combat plane crashed at its second attempt to land on the aircraft carrier in good weather conditions (visibility +10 kilometers, Sea State 4, wind at 12 knots): it seems that it missed the wires and failed to go around falling short of the bow of the warship.
The pilot successfully ejected and was picked up by a Russian Navy search and rescue helicopter.
Considered that on Nov. 14 a MiG-29K crashed while recovering to the aircraft carrier, if confirmed this would be the second loss for the air wing embarked on Admiral Kuznetsov in less than three weeks and a significant blow for the Russian Naval Aviation during its combat deployment off Syria.
Even strictly pro-Kremlin Russian experts criticize ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV as being in very poor condition, outdated and initially, of a faulty design – jets can’t take off with full fuel load because the ship isn’t provided with catapult (former USSR and now Russia don’t have technology and know-how), their actual flight time over battle zone is restricted to, virtually, minutes. Plus faulty propulsion system, plus quite a number of other deficiencies. All of it taken together, air carrier ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV is posing a threat as potential ecological disaster, in case of major accident, with chance of such an accident being rather high.
Sending air carrier to Syria was a pure political and military show, there’s absolutely no need in air carrier presence in Syrian waters from military point of view. Most part of air carrier’s wing had to be moved to a land base.
December 5, 2016