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The September crash of the Su-27 fighter in Lithuania that caused a minor, but high-profile diplomatic row was caused by human error
The September crash of the Su-27 fighter in Lithuania that caused a minor, but high-profile diplomatic row was caused by human error, a Russian Air Force official said Friday. The investigation found serious flaws in the organization, preparation and support of the routine transfer of a group of planes from one airfield to another. "The accident occurred after the pilot had become disoriented during the flight, which led to total fuel consumption and automatic engine switch-off," the official said. The commander of the Russian Air Force ordered that pilot Major Valery Troyanov's qualifications be reviewed, with intent to lower them a grade, the official said. Six generals and 10 other senior officers were disciplined following the accident. The fighter from the 6th Air Army was flying from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave within the European Union, when it crashed on Lithuanian territory. Troyanov managed to eject safely and no one was injured in the incident. In November, Russia compensated Lithuania about 19,500 euros for damages caused by the crash.
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