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The World : MIG Crash Blamed on Bird

June 30, 1989

A Soviet MIG-29 jet fighter that crashed in flames at the Paris Air Show went down because a small bird was sucked into its engine, a commission has concluded. Specialists found feathers sticking to the wrecked engine's blades, the newspaper Socialist Industry said, quoting the head of the French-Soviet panel's Soviet contingent, Donat Ogorodnikov. The commission's findings absolved the organizers of the June air show of all blame, the newspaper said.

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