Algeria sets up commission to probe MiG-25 crash


The Algerian Ministry of National Defence says it has set up a commission of inquiry to probe the recent crash of an air force MiG-25 ‘Foxbat’ fighter aircraft, which came down near a military range in the Hassi Bahbah Military Region in the central part of Algeria.

In a statement, the defence ministry said the Russian-made fighter aircraft crashed during a training flight on November 11 but caused no fatalities as the pilot, who was alone at the time, ejected safely out of the plane before the impact.

It said the pilot suffered minor injuries to his back, adding that there was no damage on the ground.

The statement said the ministry has no idea of the causes of the crash and has set up a commission of inquiry to investigate and establish the circumstances behind the crash, which is the second major loss of an aircraft for the Algerian Air Force this year.
“To establish the causes and circumstances of the air crash without delay, the ministry has established a special Commission of inquiry to probe this accident,” the defence ministry statement said. On October 13, the air force lost a Sukhoi Su-24 fighter-bomber which crashed during training in central Algeria.

Algeria has a large number of old MiG and Sukhoi fighter, bomber and trainer aircraft, although a number of upgraded and newer versions are still in service. Before the crash Algeria had 19 MiG-25s in its inventory, in service since 1979 (12 single seat fighters, four single seat reconnaissance aircraft and three two-seat trainers).

On August 30 this year, a Ukrainian registered Antonov 12 transport aircraft belonging to ‘Ukraine-Aerolinas’ crashed soon after take-off from Tamanrasset airport near the border with Mali and killed 33 people, most of them French servicemen.