Russian warplane crashes near building, killing 13 people

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian warplane crashed in a residential area of ​​a Russian city on the Sea of ​​Azov on Monday after suffering engine failure, killing at least 13 people, including three from jumping floors. upper floors of a nine-story building. apartment building to escape a huge fire.

A Su-34 bomber has crashed in the port city of Yeysk after one of its engines caught fire while taking off for a training mission, the Russian Defense Ministry said. He said the two crew members jumped out safely, but the plane crashed in a residential area, causing a fire as tons of fuel exploded on impact.

After hours of digging through the charred debris of the building, authorities said 13 residents, including three children, were found dead. 19 others were hospitalized with injuries.

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

Authorities booked emergency rooms at local hospitals and dispatched medical planes. More than 500 residents have been evacuated and have been temporarily housed.

The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin was informed of the crash and dispatched health and emergency ministers and the local governor to the site. Yeysk, a city of 90,000 people, is home to a large Russian airbase.

CCTV footage posted on Russian messaging app channels showed a plane exploding in a giant ball of fire. Other videos showed an apartment building engulfed in flames and loud bangs from the apparent detonation of weapons from the warplane.

The Su-34 is a supersonic twin-engine bomber equipped with sophisticated sensors and weapons that has been a key strike element of the Russian Air Force. The plane was widely used during the war in Syria and fighting in Ukraine.

Monday’s crash marked the 10th reported crash of a non-combat Russian warplane since Moscow sent troops to Ukraine on February 24. Military experts noted that the number of Russian military flights rose sharply during the fighting, as did accidents.

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