A military plane has crashed into a residential building in the southern Russian city of Yeysk, Russian news agencies said, based on witnesses and the defense ministry.
Most important points:
- Russian news agencies said the military plane crashed during a training flight from a military airport
- The aircraft model has been widely used in both Ukraine and Syria
- Yeysk is located on the Sea of Azov
The Emergency Situations Ministry said at least two residents were killed and 15 others were hospitalized with injuries.
The Russian Defense Ministry said both crew members were safely ejected, but the plane crashed into a residential area, starting a fire when tons of fuel exploded on impact.
The Defense Department also said the crash was caused by an engine fire.
The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin was immediately informed of the crash and ordered health and emergency ministers along with the local governor to go to the site.
“Military investigators are determining the circumstances and causes of the incident,” the Russian Commission of Inquiry said.
Interfax quoted the local Emergencies Department as saying that five floors of the apartment complex were on fire, the top floors had collapsed and about 45 apartments had been damaged.
Regional governor Veniamin Kondratyev said emergency services were working to extinguish the blaze.
“Emergency services are already on the scene – all regional fire and rescue garrisons are working to put out the fire,” Kondratyev wrote on Telegram.
Kondratyev said the plane was a Sukhoi Su-34, a medium-range supersonic fighter-bomber.
The Su-34 is equipped with advanced sensors and weapons that have been an important part of the Russian Air Force.
The aircraft has been used extensively during the war in Syria and the fighting in Ukraine.
Yeysk is located on the coast of the Sea of Azov that separates southern Ukraine and southern Russia.