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The Lithuanian Prosecutor’s General Office has dropped a pre-trial investigation into the case involving Russian pilot Valery Troyanov
The Lithuanian Prosecutor’s General Office has dropped a pre-trial investigation into the case involving Russian pilot Valery Troyanov, after the pilot was interrogated for 1.5 hours on Thursday, and allowed the Russian pilot to return to Russia, Lithuanian Prosecutor Mindaugas Duda told Tass. The investigation has not obtained enough evidence to prove that Russian Air Force pilot Valery Troyanov intentionally violated the Lithuanian air space, the prosecutor said. The "Friend-Foe" aircraft identification system and fragments of the plane found on the crash site, which are still guarded by the Lithuanian military as the material evidence, might be either destroyed in Lithuania or turned over to Russia in accordance with a resolution of the Lithuanian Prosecutor’s General Office, Duda said. The Russian Su-27 crashed in Lithuania on September 15. The crash, about 190 kilometers northwest of the capital, occurred during a flight from St. Petersburg to Russia's Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad. The Russian pilot, Major Valery Troyanov, ejected from the aircraft safely and was not injured. The Lithuanian Prosecutor’s Office dropped the case after an interdepartmental commission made a conclusion that the incident was a result of “a combination of technical and human factors and cannot be treated as a provocation”. Valery Troyanov will travel from Lithuania to the Kaliningrad region by train and later will return to his regiment, Air Force Commander Vladimir Mikhailov told reporters on Thursday
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