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Reports: 2 pilots killed in Russia fighter jet crash

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The plane crashes minutes after takeoff from a military airport, a news agency says
  • It was on a routine training flight
  • A similar jet crashed last year but the pilots parachuted to safety, the agency says
  • The defense ministry has grounded all MiG-31s, says Ria Novosti

(CNN) -- Two Russian pilots aboard a MiG-31 fighter jet were killed when it crashed Tuesday, state media said.

The plane crashed minutes after take off from a military airport in the Perm region, the state-owned Ria Novosti news agency said.

It was on a routine training flight, the news agency said, citing the defense ministry.

A similar jet crashed in the region last year, but the pilots were able to parachute to safety, the news agency said.

Following the crash, the defense ministry grounded all MiG-31s while it investigated the cause.

The plane was not carrying weapons when it went down, said Itar-Tass, another official news agency.