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Russian MiG-31 pilots eject before crash

Nov. 19, 2010 at 7:38 AM

MOSCOW, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Two pilots ejected safely from a Russian MiG-31 Foxhound aircraft before it crashed Friday in the Perm region of the Ural Mountains, security officials said.

An official said the interceptor-fighter craft "was not carrying any weapons" and didn't pose a threat to residents, RIA Novosti reported.

Defense Ministry spokesman Vladimir Drik said the pilots were "in a satisfactory condition."

A special commission will investigate the cause of the crash, officials said.

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