A military jet has slammed into a residential building In Russia, igniting a huge blaze. According to TASS, at least 15 apartments have already been demolished or damaged, and the number of casualties is still uncertain.
The southern Russian city of Yeysk, located on the Sea of Azov, has been devastated after a Russian military plane crashed into a major civilian apartment building on Monday evening (local time) due to engine failure. According to Russian officials, the incident occurred faraway from the war in Ukraine and appears to be unconnected as part of a routine training flight.
The building was on fire in what seemed to be a fatal event, though specifics of fatalities were not promptly known upon preliminary reports, but the team managed to eject seconds before the jet collided with the building – as shown in an unnerving picture widely circulated on social media and breaking news stories.
A statement from Russia’s defense department verified the crash, which featured a Sukhoi Su-34 fighter jet.
“While climbing to perform a training flight from the military airfield of the southern military district, a Su-34 aircraft crashed,” a defense ministry statement said. “The cause of the crash of the aircraft was a fire in one of the engines during takeoff.”
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As per eyewitnesses, jet fuel propelled the subsequent massive fireball and blaze, which engulfed the first through ninth stories.
As witnessed in live video feeds of the tragedy aftermath, thick smoke can be observed billowing over the city, with local firefighters battling the blaze.
According to TASS, at least 15 apartments have already been demolished or damaged, and the number of casualties is still uncertain.
“The governor of the Krasnodar region, where Yeysk is located, said that local and regional emergency services have been deployed to the scene,” according to RT.