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Top MiG designer found with his throat cut

The leading designer of the Russian aircraft construction corporation MiG, has been found with his throat cut.

Published: December 1, 2017, 9:49 am

    The bleeding aircraft designer was found on the premises of the enterprise on Leningrad highway. With a deep cut neck wound, he was urgently hospitalized and operated on.

    MiG is one of the leading Russian aircraft building companies. This is a unique full-cycle enterprise that is engaged in the design, manufacture, sale, maintenance and repair of all MiG aircraft.

    The story is being updated but reports are that the designer is alive.

    The Russian daily, the Kommersant, reported on an “attempted suicide of a leading designer” at Mikoyan, the aircraft corporation MiG, Alexis Smetannikova. It was reported that during lunch break Smetannikov had gone to the restroom and tried cut his throat.

    He was found on the 14 floor bathroom of a Moscow company building and rushed to hospital for treatment at the Botkin clinic.

    Earlier, there were reports that the company was allegedly preparing to dismiss him on grounds of redundancy.

    These statements have been dismissed, given that Smetannikova was not an ordinary employee, but the leading designer of the scientific and design bureau. In a press release by the corporation, the rumours were rubbished.

    The incident is being investigated by the Savelovsky Interdistrict Prosecutor’s office, the Russian media announced. Colleagues of the victim, said he had worked for the company for a long time. He lives in the suburbs with his mother. Never before have such incidents been recorded.

    In 2016 the company’s sales of the famous aircraft amounted to billions. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin said that the group would begin to develop a MIG fifth generation aircraft.

    The commander in chief of the Russian Air Force declared that all light fighters would be replaced with MIG -35s. The MIG -35 can carry up to 7 tons of payload and reach the speed of 2.25 Mach.

    The radius of the combat aircraft is up to 1000 kilometers, and the range is more than 50 percent more than the MIG -29M2 fighter, with a ceiling of 17500 meters.

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