Bulgaria Mobilizes Navy, Air Force to Search For Pilot of Missing Fighter Jet

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Military helicopters and boats are involved in the search for the pilot of a Bulgarian air force MiG-29 plane that disappeared from radars during drills on Wednesday, the country’s defence ministry said.

Two helicopters, two corvettes, a minesweeper, a diving boat, and a border police boat are taking part in the rescue operation, according to the statement.

The shadow of a plane

The ministry added that the search is being carried out 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) southeast of the city of Shabla, where the Shabla-21 military exercise was taking place. Rescuers found the pilot’s life vest in the area.

The plane lost contact in the early hours of Wednesday when performing a night training flight over the country’s territorial waters in the Black Sea, as reported by the Bulgarian National Television. The tactical drills were suspended.

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