An Algerian Air Force MiG-25 ‘Foxbat’ combat aircraft crashed during a training exercise on 11 November, national media reported.

The single-seat Soviet-era fighter came down near a live-fire range at Hassi Bahbah in the north of the country, the Algerian Press Service reported the National Defence Ministry as saying. The pilot ejected safely and was recovered shortly after.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.

Prior to this incident the Algerian Air Force had 19 MiG-25s in its inventory that have been in service since 1979. These comprise 12 MiG-25PDS single-seat fighters, 4 MiG-25RB single-seat reconnaissance aircraft, and 3 MiG-25PU twin-seat operational trainers.