MiG-21 fighter jet crashed in Croatia

(ORDO NEWS) — The MiG-21 fighter jet of the Croatian Air Force crashed in the north-east of the country, the pilot is being searched, the Ministry of Defense of the Republic reported.

“The Croatian Air Force MiG-21 aircraft crashed on the territory near Slatina in Virovitica-Podravina County during a planned training flight on Tuesday at about 14.00. All measures have been taken to search and rescue the crew,” the message says.

Now the Croatian military has, according to various sources, from two to four Soviet-made MiG-21 fighters in working order.

An attempt to purchase and repair at the Odessa Aircraft Repair Plant 12 MiG-21 fighters purchased in Ukraine for the Croatian Air Force ended in March 2019 with a prison sentence for a high-ranking employee of the Ministry of Defense and a local businessman for giving a bribe and poor-quality repairs.

Croatian Defense Ministers Mario Banozic and Florence Parly signed an agreement in November 2021 for the acquisition by Zagreb of a squadron of 12 Rafale fighters worth 999 million euros, including taxes, the amount reached 1.2 billion euros. The transfer of cars and training of pilots is expected to stretch over several years.

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