MOSCOW : A fighter jet crashed in southern Russia on Sunday, killing the pilot, the head of the air force told Russian news agencies, blaming a technical fault. ‘An accident took place and the pilot died,’ General Viktor Bondarev said, quoted by the Interfax news agency. ‘We are working out what happened. According to initial data, the reason for the accident was a failure of aviation equipment,’ he said. The widely used Soviet-designed aircraft has experienced a string of accidents over the years in Russia and abroad. ‘The MiG-29 jet crashed while carrying out a planned test flight in the Astrakhan region,’ said defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, quoted by the Interfax news agency.