Russia grounds Sukhoi-27 jets after crash

The Russian air force has grounded its fleet of Sukhoi-27 fighter jets until determining what caused one of the planes to crash on Thursday, killing the pilot, reported Tass, the government-run news agency.

The warplane, part of the Russian Knights aerobatic team, crashed near Moscow after the team took part in the opening ceremony for a monument to aviators in Ashukino, Tass said.

The Russian Defense Ministry said technical problems probably caused the crash, Tass said.

The Defense Ministry said the pilot steered the plane away from a community and did not have time to eject before the crash, Tass said.

The flight data recorder has been recovered and is in good condition, Tass said.

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