Russian fighter plane crashes in residential area, killing at least 4 people and igniting massive fire

A Russian fighter plane crashed into a residential area in a Russian city on the Sea of ​​Azov on Monday after an engine failure, killing at least four people, three of whom died when they jumped from the top floors of a nine-story apartment building to escape. to a huge fire.

A Su-34 bomber crashed in the port city of Yeysk after one of its engines caught fire while taking off for a training mission, Russia’s defense ministry said. It said both crew members got out of the boat safely, but the plane crashed into a residential area, sparking a fire as tons of fuel exploded on impact.

Authorities said at least four residents were killed, six were missing and 25 others were injured, including eight people in serious condition.

The region’s deputy governor Anna Menkova said three of the four victims died when they jumped from the top floors of the building in a desperate attempt to escape the flames, the RIA-Novosti news agency said.

In this photo, released by Kooperativ Telegram Channel, flames and smoke rise from the scene after a fighter jet crashed into a residential area in Yeysk, Russia, October 17, 2022. One of the pilots, right, descends from a parachute.
In this photo, released by Kooperativ Telegram Channel, flames and smoke rise from the scene after a fighter jet crashed into a residential area in Yeysk, Russia, October 17, 2022. One of the pilots, right, descends from a parachute.

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Authorities reserved emergency rooms at local hospitals and scrambled medical planes. At least 17 apartments were affected by the fire and 250 residents were evacuated and provided with temporary housing.

The Kremlin said the Russian president Vladimir Putin was informed of the crash and ordered health and emergency ministers along with the local governor to go to the site. Yeysk, a city of 90,000 inhabitants, is home to a major Russian air base.

Hours after the crash, regional governor Veniamin Kondratyev said emergency services were able to contain the blaze, eliminating the need to evacuate residents in neighboring buildings.

Surveillance camera videos posted to Russian messaging app channels show a plane exploding in a giant fireball. Other videos showed an apartment building engulfed in flames and loud bangs from the apparent detonation of the fighter’s weapons.

A Russian fighter jet crashed into a residential area in the southern city of Yeysk, Russia, October 17, 2022.
A Russian fighter jet crashed into a residential area in the southern city of Yeysk, Russia, October 17, 2022.

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Oksana, a local resident who refused to give her last name, told AFP news service that the area had been cordoned off.

“There could be an explosion. Everything is burning inside. There is smoke,” she told AFP.

She said she was stuck in traffic when she heard the news.

“Of course I am in shock. My child was home alone. We used to go to sleep every day with fear – Mariupol is across the street from us,” she said.

The Su-34 is a supersonic twin-engine bomber equipped with advanced sensors and weapons that has been an important attack component of the Russian Air Force. The aircraft has been widely used during the war in Syria and the fighting in Ukraine.

Monday’s accident marked the 10th reported non-combat crash of a Russian fighter jet since Moscow sent its troops to Ukraine on Feb. 24. Military experts noted that as the number of military flights increased sharply during the fighting, so did the crashes.

AFP contributed to reporting.

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