MOSCOW, June 9 (Xinhua) — A Su- 27 military plane crashed in the Moscow region and the pilot was killed, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed Thursday.
“On June 9 at 10:25 local time (0725 GMT), a Su27 belonging to the Russian Aerospace Forces crashed in the Moscow region while returning to the base airfield after a planned flight,” the ministry said in a statement.
The pilot died after he performed all necessary operations to divert the plane from a populated area and had no time for ejection, the ministry said.
The crash happened after the Su27, belonging to the Russian Knights aerobatic demonstration team of the Russian Air force, took part in a ceremony show in the northern part of the Moscow region.
Preliminary data showed the crash was caused by a technical failure. All flights of the Su-27 have been suspended until the cause of the crash is established.
The black box of the Su27 has been found and is in good condition, Tass news agency quoted an investigative source as saying.
Despite hiring slowdown, US unemployment claims stay low
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2016 (AFP) – New claims for US unemployment insurance continued to fall last week despite signs that businesses have sharply cut back hiring, Labor Department data showed Thursday.
Initial jobless claims, a sign of the level of layoffs, dropped by 4,000 to 264,000 in the week ending June 4.
It was the fourth straight week that claims fell from a surge in late April-early May, and the 66th consecutive week of claims below 300,000, the longest stretch since 1973.
Claims have averaged 269,500 over the past four weeks, 8,250 lower than the year-ago average.
Analysts have been eyeing claims for signs of a pickup after the sharp slowdown in job creation in May.
At just 38,000 net new positions, the May level was the worst in nearly six years and barely one-quarter of what had been expected, sparking worries that a strong run of employment generation might be ending.