Russian MiG-31 catches fire while flying over Belarus, says local monitoring group

19 January, 05:50 PM

A Russian MiG-31 fighter jet, which could be a potential carrier of one of Russia’s Kinzhal hypersonic, nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, caught fire during a flight, the monitoring group Belarusian Hajun reported on Jan. 19.

The incident happened over the town of Molodechno, Minsk Oblast. Local residents heard a loud explosion in the sky, which caused windows to shake in their homes.

It was probably the result of an engine pumping loss after a fire. The incident with the Russian fighter jet was recorded at 10:59 a.m. Kyiv time, and an air raid alert was declared throughout Ukraine for about half an hour due to the MiG-31 taking off in Belarus.

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Allegedly, after the engine caught fire, the Russian fighter jet with tail number RF-95194 was forced to end its flight and return to the Machulishchi airfield.

The monitoring group also clarified that this is the same MiG-31 that was reported to have caught fire on Dec. 25, 2022.

On Jan. 19, the second stage of joint aviation training with Russia also started in Belarus, and the units began performing exercises.

The air exercises of the Russian and Belarusian troops are to take place from Jan. 16 to Feb. 1.

The Kyiv City Military Administration noted that a repeated attack on Kyiv by Belarus could happen in the future, but these exercises should not be taken as a direct threat to the capital.

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