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Russian warplane crash kills 13, including 3 children

The warplane crashed near an apartment building after its engine failed during take-off. (AP/Kooperativ Telegram Channel)

The death toll increased to thirteen when a Russian warplane with a malfunctioning engine crashed into a residential building.

Monday, three people died when they leaped from the upper stories of a nine-story apartment building to escape a major fire in a Russian city on the Sea of Azov (local time).

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Su-34 bomber crashed in the coastal city of Yeysk after one of its engines caught fire before takeoff for a training flight.

It was said that both crew members ejected safely, but the jet crashed into a residential neighborhood, igniting a fire as tons of gasoline erupted upon contact.

Authorities reported that after hours of combing through the burned remains of the building, 13 occupants, including three children, were discovered dead.

Another 19 were injured and hospitalized.

Anna Menkova, the vice-governor of the region, told RIA-Novosti that three of the victims died when they jumped from the top stories of the building in an attempt to escape the fire.

The government reserved emergency rooms at nearby hospitals and dispatched medical aircraft.

More than 500 residents were evacuated and given temporary housing.

The Kremlin reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin was briefed on the incident and dispatched the ministries of health and emergencies along with the local government to the crash site.

Increasing crashes after the invasion of Ukraine

The city of 90,000 people, Yeysk, is home to a big Russian air base.

On Russian chat app channels, surveillance camera footage depicted a jet exploding into a massive flame.

Other footage depicted a burning apartment complex and what appeared to be the explosion of the aircraft's weaponry.

The Su-34 is a supersonic, twin-engine bomber outfitted with advanced sensors and armaments that have been a vital component of the Russian air force's strike force.

During the battle in Syria and the conflict in Ukraine, the aircraft saw extensive use.

This was the tenth recorded non-combat crash of a Russian warplane since February 24, when Moscow dispatched soldiers into Ukraine.

As the number of Russian military flights climbed dramatically throughout the conflict, so did the number of collisions, according to military specialists.

Publish : 2022-10-18 14:51:00

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