Russian warplane crash near apartment building kills 4, injures 25 others

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On Monday, a Russian warplane crashed in a residential area in Russia Russian city In the Sea of ​​Azov after suffering an engine failure, killing at least four people and missing six others after a massive fire engulfed several floors of a nine-storey apartment building.

Russia’s Defense Ministry says a Su-34 bomber has gone down in the coastal city of Yeisk after one of its engines caught fire while taking off on a training mission. She added that both crew members were safely rescued, but the plane crashed into a residential area, causing a fire with tons of fuel exploding on impact.

Authorities said at least four residents were killed, six missing, and 25 injured, eight of them seriously. Authorities booked emergency rooms at local hospitals and medical planes rushed. At least 17 apartments were damaged by the fire, and about 100 residents were evacuated and temporary accommodation was provided.

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The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin He was informed of the incident and dispatched the Ministers of Health and Emergencies along with the local governor to the site. Yeysk, a city of 90,000 residents, is home to a large Russian air base.

Flames and smoke can be seen billowing at the crash site of a Russian warplane near an apartment in Yeisk, Russia, on October 17, 2022.
(OSTOROZHNO NOVOSTI via AP)

Several hours after the accident, regional governor Veniamin Kondratiev said emergency services were able to contain the fire, making the evacuation of residents in nearby buildings unnecessary.

CCTV videos posted on the channels of the Russian messaging app showed a plane exploding in a giant fireball. Other videos showed an apartment building surrounded by fire and loud explosions, apparently as a result of the explosion of the warplane’s weapons.

The Su-34 is a twin-engine supersonic bomber equipped with advanced sensors and weapons that has been a staple of Russian air strikes. Airplanes were widely used during the war in Syria and the fighting in Ukraine.

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Monday’s incident was the 10th non-combat reported of a Russian warplane crash since Moscow sent troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24. Military experts noted that as the number of Russian military flights increased sharply during the fighting, so did the number of crashes.

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