Poland brings Soviet-era MiG-29s back into service

Armed Forces Inspector Gen. Jacek Pszczoła and Colonel Maciej Trelka, commander of the 1st Tactical Aviation Wing announce the lift a flight ban on the Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter planes. Rafał Guz/PAP

Poland's General Commander of Armed Forces, Gen. Jarosław Mika, decided on Monday to lift a flight ban on the Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter planes, which were grounded in February following a series of accidents.

Mika signed a relevant motion as prepared by Armed Forces Inspector Gen. Jacek Pszczoła.

The General Command has announced that the aircraft have been maintained in readiness to reinstate flights and have undergone periodic technical service.

Colonel Maciej Trelka, commander of the 1st Tactical Aviation Wing, said that there are currently five jets which can be used for training and 12 are waiting for test flights.

The process of pilots regaining the ability and credentials to fly may take at least six months.