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Military jet crashes in Serbia, 2 pilots killed

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/04/2017
FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2016 file photo, a Serbian air force Super Galeb-4 (Super Seagull-4), multi-purpose jet rolls on the tarmac before a flight during the joint Russian-Serbian military exercises BARS (Brotherhood of Aviators of Russia and Serbia) 2016, at the military airport Batajnica, near Belgrade, Serbia. Serbia's defense ministry says an air force jet has crashed in western Serbia with two of its crew missing. A statement said the G-4 Super Galeb (Seagull) trainer aircraft has crashed in western Serbia at 10:30 local (8:30 GMT) Friday, April 7, 2017 during a routine training flight. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2016 file photo, a Serbian air force Super Galeb-4 (Super Seagull-4), multi-purpose jet rolls on the tarmac before a flight during the joint Russian-Serbian military exercises BARS (Brotherhood of Aviators of Russia and Serbia) 2016, at the military airport Batajnica, near Belgrade, Serbia. Serbia's defense ministry says an air force jet has crashed in western Serbia with two of its crew missing. A statement said the G-4 Super Galeb (Seagull) trainer aircraft has crashed in western Serbia at 10:30 local (8:30 GMT) Friday, April 7, 2017 during a routine training flight. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia's defense ministry says an air force jet has crashed in western Serbia, killing its two crewmembers.

The ministry says the G-4 trainer aircraft crashed in western Serbia, near the village of Slatina, Friday morning, during a routine training flight. It says the two pilots died in the crash.

The G-4 Super Galeb (Seagull) was made in Yugoslavia in the 1980s in a factory in Mostar, Bosnia. The cause of the crash is being investigated.

Witnesses say the jet was flying low over the area before swooping down toward the ground. Mileta Mladenovic, whose house is near the scene, says "everything shook" when the plane crashed.

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