18 on May around 17.30 Moscow time at the airfield in the Perm region when driving on the runway, the right engine of the MiG-31 aircraft caught fire. The crew performed emergency braking, the engine was extinguished by the regular fire brigade- The press service of the Central Military District
As the eyewitness reported to the agency, the fire occurred on the runway while the aircraft was in motion.
Then the plane stopped, and then everything began to tighten with black smoke.- noted the agency interlocutor.
According to a source familiar with the situation, the plane caught fire due to a short circuit.
The pilots were preparing to make a training flight, however, when leaving the runway, according to preliminary data, a short circuit occurred in the aircraft engines and a fire started- Said the source.
The plane was extinguished by the rescued fire engine, both pilots were evacuated and not injured. The plane was without ammunition.