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Russian long-distance bomber crashes during training mission

Russian long-distance bomber crashes in rural area after engine failure during training mission

  • Tu-22M3 bomber suffered engine failure while flying over southern Russia
  • Crew members managed to land in a field in the Astrakhan region, defense officials said
  • Supersonic bomber was not armed at the time of the crash, spokesperson added
  • Comes aboard aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov after a fire killed one last week

A long-range Russian bomber crashed in the south of the country after an engine failure, the defense ministry said.

The Tu-22M3 bomber, known by the NATO code name Backfire, landed on its stomach on Monday in the Astrakhan region, 780 miles south of Moscow.

Two crew members dropped the bomber in a field away from major cities and towns and were not seriously injured in the crash, a government spokesman said.

A Russian Tu-22-M3 bomber crashed into a field after an engine failure during a training mission in the south of the country (file image)

A Russian Tu-22-M3 bomber crashed into a field after an engine failure during a training mission in the south of the country (file image)

The bomber took part in a training mission and was not armed when the engine crashed over the Astrakhan region on Monday, a government spokesman said

The bomber took part in a training mission and was not armed when the engine crashed over the Astrakhan region on Monday, a government spokesman said

The bomber took part in a training mission and was not armed when the engine crashed over the Astrakhan region on Monday, a government spokesman said

The bomber took part in a training mission and was not armed at the time of the crash, the spokesman added.

Supersonic Tu-22M3 bombers entered active service in 1989 as an updated version of the Tu-22M from the Cold War, which began flying missions in 1972.

Tu-22M3 bombers participated in bombing in Syria from their bases in Russia.

The crash comes less than a week after a major fire aboard Russia's only aircraft carrier – Admiral Kuznetsov – killed at least one person, injured 10 and left two more missing.

A welding accident aboard the diesel-driven courier, currently working on improvements in the port city of Murmansk of the Arctic Circle, would have caused the fire last Thursday.

It took until Friday to get the fire under control, whereby the extent of the damage to the ship was not made clear.

It comes after Russia's only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, was set on fire last week - leaving at least one dead and 10 wounded

It comes after Russia's only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, was set on fire last week - leaving at least one dead and 10 wounded

It comes after Russia's only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, was set on fire last week – leaving at least one dead and 10 wounded

The Kuznetsov works on diesel and dates from the Cold War and entered service in 1985

The Kuznetsov works on diesel and dates from the Cold War and entered service in 1985

The Kuznetsov works on diesel and dates from the Cold War and entered service in 1985

Thick black smoke streamed from an upper deck in footage broadcast on Russian television.

Captain Viktor Izmailov – who was responsible for repairs – was reportedly & # 39; not responsible & # 39; in the incident after he went under deck to check the condition of the ship.

Admiral Kuznetsov has been plagued by failures and setbacks since its launch in 1985.

The massive eruption follows a 70-tonne crane that falls on the deck of Admiral Kuznetsov in October 2018, when a gigantic floating dock sank with the ship.

The crane left a gap of 215 square feet and the loss of the dock considerably delayed the repairs to the carrier, because the navy missed another of similar size.

Today's fire will further reduce work to provide the ship with modern control systems and new weapons. The aircraft carrier has undergone repairs in Murmansk for more than two years.

The repairs were expected to be completed at the end of 2020, with the warship back in the navy in 2021.

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