A Russian fighter jet has crashed near an apartment building in Yeysk, Russia, near Russian-occupied Ukraine across the Sea of Azov. At least six people were killed, several missing, and dozens wounded.
Russian media reported that the crew of the fighter plane managed to save himself. Some people were going to die because they were going to jump out of the burning apartment. Social media includes images of a large fireball and the damaged apartment complex.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the crashed plane was a Su-34. Crashed during a training flight. It was said that one of the engines caught fire after takeoff. According to the ministry, the plane’s fuel caught fire at the crash site, causing a huge explosion. The pilots are said to have brought themselves to safety using their ejection seat.
Pictures circulating on social media show a violent fire in the apartment. Rescue services reported that the nine-storey building was on fire. About six hundred people live there. The fire extends over an area of 2,000 square metres, according to previous information from the Ministry of Emergency Situations.
The governor of the Krasnodar region, to which Yesk belongs, said that “all fire and rescue units from the region have been deployed.” According to Veniamin Kondratjeev, 17 apartments in the apartment building were damaged by the fire.
President Vladimir Putin was informed of the crash. According to the official Russian news agencies, the governor and Minister of Emergency Situations Alexander Korenkov and Health Minister Mikhail Murashko have been ordered to go to the scene of the accident.
The Russian Investigative Committee, which conducts the main criminal investigations, has announced that it has launched a ‘criminal investigation’.
Yejsk is located on the Gulf of Taganrog and the Sea of Azov, about 60 kilometers where the crow flies from the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.
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