MiG-21 military jet crashes in western Serbia

A Serbian military aircraft crashed Friday in western Serbia, leaving two pilots dead, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said the MiG-21 military aircraft was performing a “regular” flying mission when it crashed near the village of Brasina at 9 a.m. local time (0700GMT), and two pilots were killed in the accident.

The statement noted: "Two pilots of the Air Force and the Air Defense of the Serbian Army were killed during the crash of a MiG-21 plane in the area of ​​the village of Brasina near Mali Zvornik, performing their flying tasks. The Ministry of Defense, after informing all members of the families of the killed pilots, will inform the public about the names of the pilots." 

Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin led a delegation to visit the scene and talked to eyewitnesses.

An expert committee was formed to determine the cause of the crash.