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Azerbaijani Military Plane Crashes

An SU-25 (file photo)
An SU-25 (file photo)
BAKU -- A military plane crashed in central Azerbaijan today during a training flight, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.

Military spokesman Teymur Abdullayev told RFE/RL the SU-25 jet fighter belonging to the Azerbaijani Air Force went down in the Kurdamir region. He said the two-man crew safely ejected from the plane before it crashed.

Abdullayev said an investigation into the incident is under way.

Another SU-25 crashed in Azerbaijan in March 2010. The pilot died in the incident.

The SU-25 was developed and first built in the Soviet Union in the 1970s.

Azerbaijan's 2010 military budget of 2.4 billion manats ($3.02 billion) was substantially increased to 3.1 billion manats for this year.

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