Investigation into the recent MiG-29 crash may take weeks

A fighter jet crashed on the night of September 28 near Nitra. The wreck has been transported to Sliač.

The MiG-29 jet wreckage is transported to the military airport in Sliač, central SlovakiaThe MiG-29 jet wreckage is transported to the military airport in Sliač, central Slovakia (Source: TASR)

An investigative committee will be set up to examine the cause of the September 28 crash of the MiG-29 fighter jet near the village of Nové Sady (Nitra Region), the Sme daily reported.

The wreckage has already been transported from the accident site place to the military airport in Sliač (Banská Bystrica Region).

Shortly after the crash, the police suggested that the lack of fuel or a technical error could have been the reason for the accident. Yet, the ministry refuses to speculate.

The police have already initiated a criminal proceeding in the matter of general threat, while NATO may require access to the investigation or its findings, Sme wrote.

Committee members unidentified

Apart from no comments on the cause of the crash, the Defence Ministry does not even want to say who will be sitting on the investigative committee.

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Sme, however, wrote it is to be composed of the representatives of the military aviation department and people from the civil aviation division. The former falls under the Defence Ministry, the latter under the Transport Authority, as the jet fell into an inhabited area.

They are all certified experts who investigate similar accidents and will have to prepare an expert opinion on the causes of the accident.

A long investigation predicted

Their expert opinion will be essential for the police and the prosecutor's office to adopt further steps, Sme reported.

The official investigation may take several weeks. When two MiG-29 jets crashed in the air in November 2002, the ministry presented the findings only in February 2003.

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