In a statement made by the Russian Air Force press service, it was stated that a Su-35S fighter jet belonging to the Air Force crashed into the Sea of Okhotsk in the Khabarovsk Region due to a malfunction in its engine.
The statement also added that the pilot, who performed the training flight, managed to jump out of the plane and was found by the search and rescue teams and transferred to the military base safely.
Some Russian experts dispute the claim that the Russian fighter had a damaged engine. According to them, a fire broke out in the tail of the fighter, during which the pilot received permission to eject. They base their claim on the fact that the Su-35 is a twin-engine fighter and if one engine fails, the other will continue to operate.
Su-35S Fighter Jet
The first variant was developed in the Soviet Union as early as the 1980s. The version initially referred to as the Su-27M, had a revised airframe, duck wings, an enlarged radome for the N-011 radar, and improved avionics. Financial problems in the 1990s and a lack of export demand contributed to the fact that the first Su-35 design was not developed to a serial production level despite numerous prototypes. Some machines were used by the Russian aerobatic team “Russkije Witjasi”.