SU-27 fighter jet crashes into sea, two pilots died

2013-03-31 11:08:06 GMT2013-03-31 19:08:06(Beijing Time)  SINA English
Photo of the crashed fighter jet shot by witness.(Photo:Agencies)Photo of the crashed fighter jet shot by witness.(Photo:Agencies)
A SU-27 fighter jet. (File photo)A SU-27 fighter jet. (File photo)

A SU-27 fighter jet crashes into the yellow sea near Rongcheng, eastern China's Shandong province Sunday afternoon. The two pilots died on the spot.

The Su-27 (NATO reporting name: Flanker) is a twin-engine supermanoeuverable fighter aircraft designed by Sukhoi. It was intended as a direct competitor for the large United States fourth generation fighters, with 3,530-kilometre (1,910 nmi) range, heavy armament, sophisticated avionics and high manoeuvrability.

The Su-27 most often flies air superiority missions, but is able to perform almost all combat operations. Complementing the smaller MiG-29, the Su-27's closest US counterpart is the F-15 Eagle.

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