Ethiopian aircraft Suhoi SU27 crashed shortly after take-off from Debrecit Air Force Base, Ethiopia's main air force base, 50km southeast of Addis Ababa, killing two pilots.
An instructor and an apprentice pilot flew the Russian SU27 fighter jet acquired during the two-year Ethiopian-Eritrean Border War of 1998-2000. Pilot instructor Major Sebri Tofik, 37, died in the crash along with the pilot. Sources said The journalist that the fighter jet engine caught fire during takeoff and crashed near the Addis Ababa-Adama Road. Although the instructor reportedly ejected from the fighter jet, the parachute failed to open due to the low altitude.
Sukhoi Su-27 is a super-twin twin-engined twin-engine fighter aircraft designed by the Sukhoi military aircraft manufacturer.
Major Sebri Tofik graduated from the Ethiopian Air Academy in 2007 The journalist that he stood first in his class and served the Ethiopian Air Force for more than a decade. Sebri was a student of engineering at Jimima University. He withdrew to join the Ethiopian Air Force Academy because he had a passion for flying. Sebry was married and the father of two.
Ethiopian army aviation has launched a probe into the crash. In August 2018, a military transport plane that crashed near the Debresite Air Force Base killed 19 people on board.
The Ethiopian Air Force was founded by Swedish military personnel in the 1940s during the imperial regime. Most pilots and technicians were later trained in the United States. The former Soviet Air Force supported the Ethiopian Air Force in the early 1970s until the end of the Cold War.