Huge fireball erupts in Russia as military plane smashes into building. Source: EXPRESS. Daily Briefing.

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Huge fireball erupts in Russia as military plane smashes into building

It has not been confirmed how many are dead or injured following the massive crash, although early unconfirmed reports suggest some victims.

By Charles Harrison

16:58, Mon, Oct 17, 2022 | UPDATED: 18:03, Mon, Oct 17, 2022

Russia: Fire erupts after plane crash

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Russia news: Military aircraft smashes into residential building sparking huge fireball

Russia news: Military aircraft smashes into residential building sparking huge fireball (Image: BNO)

A military plane has crashed into a residential block of flats in a Russian city, according to residents and local media. The city, Yeysk, is located on the sea of Azov, opposite Mariupol in Ukraine. Images shared on social media by international news agency BNO show an enormous fireball emerging from the scene. Both pilots reportedly ejected just moments before the crash, which sparked a massive fire in the nine-story building.

A resident told the Russian state-run TASS news agency: “Ambulances and firefighters are coming from all over the city, helicopters are in the area”.

It is not yet known how many have been killed or injured, although some early reports have emerged that the crash has caused some casualties in the building.

The apartment fire following the crash

The devastating fire rips through the apartment building (Image: @Faytuks / Twitter)

Interfax quoted the local emergencies ministry as saying five floors of the apartment building were on fire, the upper floors had collapsed and about 45 apartments were damaged.

According to Russia’s ministry of defence, the plane was an Su-34 military aircraft that had crashed during a training flight from an airfield.

One of the ejected pilots, the ministry says, reported that the cause of the crash was one of the engines catching fire during takeoff. 

Locals report that there are multiple continued explosions as ammunition stored on the plane is ignited. It is currently unclear if there are any casualties from the devastating crash.

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