A Sukhoi Su-24 bomber crashed 40 kilometers from Yetkul, in the Chelyabinsk region, on Tuesday, Central Military District prosecutor's office spokesman Alexei Okatyev told Interfax.
The jet exploded after it hit the ground, according to Head of the Yetkul Municipal Emergency Situations Department Mikhail Kozin.
"The explosion sparked a fire, but it was put out quickly," he reported from the crash scene. According to Kozin, there was no other damage and the pilots are alive.
The possible cause of the Sukhoi Su-24 bomber crash in the Chelyabinsk region on Tuesday is a detatched canopy, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
"According to the preliminary theory, the canopy was torn off at 12:59 p.m. Moscow time and caused the accident," says the ministry report obtained by Interfax-AVN.
"After an attempt to make an emergency landing failed, the pilots steered the jet away from residential areas and ejected," the report said.
A Mil Mi-8 rescue helicopter picked up the bomber pilots at 1:54 p.m. Moscow time.
The pilots are in satisfactory condition and have been transported to the Shagol air base, Central Military District spokesman Yaroslav Roshchupkin said.
"Both pilots were examined by doctors who said they are in satisfactory condition," he said.
The ejection did not have a negative impact on them, he added.
The pilots will be taken to the Chelyabinsk military hospital where they will undergo a more through medical examination.
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