Bulgaria Won't Punish Pilots of Crashed Fighter Jet

Defense | May 3, 2012, Thursday // 14:46|  views

Bulgarian Defense Minister Anyu Angelov. Photo by BGNES

The two pilots of the MiG-29 fighter jet that crashed in Bulgaria last week will not be sanctioned, the country's Defense Minister Anyu Angelov declared on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Angelov told local media that a pilot's mistake has caused the crash of the Bulgarian Air Force MiG 29, which went down on April 26, 2012, during the Thracian Star 2012 joint military drills with the US.

On Thursday, however, the Defense Minister reiterated that the pilots acted in an extremely professional manner when the accident took place, preventing significant damage to people, the environment and the region's infrastructure.

Angelov added that the pilots' alleged guilt could be proven only in court.

The crash of the Bulgarian MiG 29, in which the two pilots survived by bailing out, while also managing to direct the fighter jet away from populated areas, led the Bulgarian authorities to cancel the VIP Visitors' Day at the Thracian Star 2012 drills that was supposed to be held on Friday, April 26, 2012.

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