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Tipsy Ukrainian officer crashes car into fighter jet, totals it

Incident at air force base said to leave Mig-29 plane beyond repair; fate of driver’s Volkswagen unclear

A Ukrainian MIG-29 fighter jet is parked at the Vasilkov air base outside outside Kiev, Ukraine, November 23, 2016. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)
A Ukrainian MIG-29 fighter jet is parked at the Vasilkov air base outside outside Kiev, Ukraine, November 23, 2016. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

A drunk officer rear-ended a Ukrainian Air Force MiG-29 last week causing a fire that badly damaged the fighter jet.

The car, a Volkswagen Touran, was also damaged, and the driver suffered face and chest injuries, according to local media reports.

Images of the smashed plane and car were shared on social media.

Photos showed the right-side jet nozzle of the twin-engine jet smashed and bent, with scorching to the tail section of the plane. Significant damage appeared to have been caused to the entire front of the car.

Some reports said the fighter jet has been written off. The fate of the Volkswagen was unclear.

Ukraine’s Air Command Center posted a statement on its Facebook page about the March 10 incident, saying the jet was being towed to a parking area when the car slammed into it.

The driver was injured, given medical treatment, and was in “satisfactory” condition, the statement said. Military officials opened a probe into the incident.

The Drive automotive news website cited law enforcement authorities as saying the driver was a 47-year-old officer who was drunk at the time, prompting a criminal investigation into the accident.

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