Russian fighter crashes into an apartment building near the Ukrainian border, dead and wounded
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Russian fighter crashes into an apartment building near the Ukrainian border, dead and wounded

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, which confirms the crash of the Su-34 in Yeysk, the plane crashed during maneuvers in a training flight.

Very serious plane crashes this evening in Russia where a Russian military fighter crashed near an apartment building in Yeysk, in the Krasnodar region, in the south of the country, on the Sea of Azov in front of Mariupol. Zvezda, the television linked to the Moscow Ministry of Defense, confirmed the incident adding that rescuers are at work on the spot. For now, there is still no official death toll but there is talk of deaths and serious injuries

From the images disseminated on social media, the scene is dramatic. A large blaze engulfed the crashed jet as the pilot parachuted and part of the building went up in flames. In the videos you can also hear the sounds of some explosions, between fire and thick smoke. According to local sources, the crashed fighter was a Su-34 aircraft, a fourth-generation heavy supersonic fighter-bomber of Soviet origin but of Russian manufacture.

According to preliminary information, he had an engine failure while in flight. The plane seems to have been flying with ammunition when it crashed into the courtyard of the condominium, triggering a violent explosion that then caused the adjacent building to ignite, as shown by the explosions.

From the images you can see an open parachute so in all probability the pilot managed to jump before the fall, its conditions are still unknown.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, which confirms the crash of the Su-34 in Yeysk, the plane crashed during take-off maneuvers in a training flight that departed from the military airport of the Southern Military District. From Moscow they let it be known that pilots were saved by jumping with parachutes and reported that the cause of the crash was the fire of one of the engines during take-off and that on the site of the crash of the Su-34, there was a fire of fuel.

Local witnesses, however, report that ammunition continues to detonate and prevent firefighters from approaching the residential building where at least 45 apartments were damaged by the crash.

Eyewitnesses, whose words are reported by the TASS agency, say that after the fall, the first to ninth floors of a residential building are on fire. The fire engulfed an area of ​​approximately 2,000 square meters. Interfax, another Russian agency, quoted the local emergency ministry as saying that five floors of the apartment building were on fire, the upper floors had collapsed and about 45 apartments had been damaged.

“The ceilings from the ninth to the fifth floor collapsed. The entire entrance was engulfed in fire, about 45 apartments were damaged in one way or another,” they explained by the emergency service, adding: “The fire brigade. they are trying to locate the victims to reach them and help them. “