LONDON – Reports are coming through that a Russian Su-34 has crashed into a block of flats in Yeysk, Krasnodar, in Russia.
The Russian MoD has said the following on the matter:
“A Su-34 aircraft crashed in Yeysk while climbing to perform a training flight from a military airfield. According to the report of the ejected pilots, the cause of the plane crash in Yeysk was the ignition of one of the engines during takeoff.”
The tweet thread above highlights the level of damage and destruction that has been caused by this crash into the block of flats.
We do know that one person has died, and three people have been hospitalized as a result of their injuries.
This is a developing story.
UPDATE #1 @ 1757UK time – Above is an image of where the aircraft crashed on the map and how close it was to the airfield that it departed from.
UPDATE #2 @ 1759 UK time – Footage has emerged from the scene, with a series of secondary detonations taking place, which is presumed to be the ammunition onboard the jet exploding.
UPDATE #3 @ 1801 UK time – In the last few minutes, footage has emerged of the fighter jet’s last few seconds in the air before its crash in Yeysk.
UPDATE #4 @ 1803 UK time – The Russian Ministry of Defence has said that the cause of the crash stemmed from the ignition of one of the engines during takeoff, confirming that it was an engine problem that downed the jet.
UPDATE #5 @ 1817UK time – Another angle from CCTV has emerged of the crash, which shows the explosion upon impact into the block of flats.