A MYASISCHEV M-55 Geophizika high-altitude research-aircraft derivative of the M-17 Mystic reconnaissance aircraft crashed at Zhukovsky flight-test research centre, near Moscow, on 29 May. The pilot was killed in the accident.

The aircraft was due to be displayed at the Paris air show, and the pilot was understood to have been practising the flight-display routine for the show.

According to eyewitness reports, the aircraft crash-landed on the runway. The impact was followed by a fireball. No official explanation for the accident has yet to have been released.

Source: Flight International