The carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is conducting airstrikes over Syria. (Russian Defense Ministry photo)

A Russian MiG-29 jet has crashed into the sea after taking off from the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov off the coast of Syria, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

The Russians blamed technical faults for the crash, the state-run Sputnik News reported. The pilot ejected and is not in danger.

The carrier headed to the Mediterranean Sea last month to begin launching airstrikes in Syria. The ship is prone to frequent breakdowns and analysts say it often deploys with a tugboat in case it needs to be brought to shore for maintenance.

Among the numerous previous incidents reported on the ship, an Su-33 fell into the water upon landing in 2005.

Donald Trump could sideline a generation of rising GOP stars

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President-elect Trump with his unexpected victory has sidelined the White House prospects of an entire generation of Republican stars.

A bevy of Republicans in their 40s and 50s — governors and senators, some on the rise, others nearing or at the apex of their political careers, were expected to contend for the presidency in 2020.

Then along came Trump, the 70 year-old Baby Boomer who muscled other boomers and Generation X Republicans out of the 2016 nomination and with his win over Hillary Clinton put their presidential aspirations on ice indefinitely.

Their next opportunity to run for president is probably eight years away.

11/14/16 12:01 AM

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