Officials probe video showing Russian ‘Top Gun’ stunt near major highway

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 14:57 EDT
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A Russian Su-30 fighter jet performs during the MAKS 2009 international aerospace show outside Moscow.
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- Russian military prosecutors said Wednesday they would probe flight records and safety measures after a video showing a fighter jet zooming low over a highway became an Internet hit.

A spokesman for military prosecutors in the southern military district told the Interfax news agency that they had “begun a check on the organisation of flights carried out and safety measures at airfields”.

The YouTube video posted August 31 recorded by a camera on a car dashboard shows a jet zooming extremely low directly along a highway, which is named as one linking the southern cities of Volgograd and Rostov-on-Don.

It identified the plane as a Sukhoi 24, a supersonic military jet that dates back to the Soviet era but is still in active service in the Russian airforce.

The spokesman for military prosecutors said the check was launched after an item on the YouTube video, which had been shared virally and viewed some 300,000 times by Wednesday afternoon, was shown on Russian national television.

Channel One’s most popular news show aired the video on Tuesday evening, quoting a top test pilot Anatoly Kvochur as saying that the manoeuvre was “normal training”.

“The more pilots we have like this, the better,” he said.

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