A Venezuelan Air Force (Aviación Militar Nacional Bolivariana de Venezuela) Su-30MK2V fighter jet crashed under unknown circumstances at home base. Both pilots died in the crash
Apparently, the fly-by-wire system failed just after take-off, causing the aircraft to go inverted at low altitude, making ejection impossible.
This tragic accident happened while the Grupo Aéreo de Caza N°11 aircraft was starting its ferry flight to Base Aérea Luis del Valle Garcia (BAVALLE), Barcelona, for maintenance.
The incident took place at Captain Manuel Ríos air base in Guárico state.
The victims were identified as Virgilio Márquez, and Captain Nesmar Salazar, who was flying in the Sukhoi 30 MK2 aircraft, bound for Barcelona Anzoátegui state.
Authorities confirmed that, after takeoff, the aircraft “turned sharply” forcing crew members to activate ejection at low altitude.
Meanwhile, the Air Accident Investigation Board was activated in order to initiate the pertinent investigations to determine the possible causes of the accident.