Russian grounds MiG-29 fleet after latest crash

Russia has grounded its fleet of more than 200 MiG-29 fighter jets after one of them  crashed during a routine training exercise in Krasnodar Krai, Russian air force chief Colonel General Viktor Bondarev told Interfax yesterday. This was the fourth MiG-29 to crash in the past 12 months and also the fourth Russian military plane  to go down in the  past month.
The MiG-29 is a Soviet-designed air superiority fighter that is still widely used by the Russian air force, and that has been exported to almost 30 military air forces across the world. According to the report in Interfax the  jet was not carrying ammunition and crashed in an uninhabited area. The pilot ejected and survived without suffering fatal injuries.