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​A Russian Su-33 crashed on Dec. 5, 2016, while attempting to land on the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in the Mediterranean Sea. TASS photo by Lev Fedoseyev.

​A Russian Su-33 conducting operations off the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea crashed on Saturday, the second mishap within a month. The jet crashed after attempting to land following a sortie in Syria. The pilot ejected and was recovered safely, according to Russian state-owned TASS news agency. In November, a MiG-29 crashed as it returned to the carrier after launching for a sortie. The carrier deployed to the Mediterranean as part of Russia’s continuing mission to support Syrian President Bashar al Assad.