Strategic bomber crashes in Russia’s Far East during training flight — Defense Ministry

A Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bomber crashed in the Khabarovsk Territory in the Russian Far East during a training flight, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

A Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bomber crashed in the Khabarovsk Territory in the Russian Far East during a training flight, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

"On July 14 at 9.50 a.m. Moscow time [0650GMT] the Tu-95MS aircraft crashed while performing a scheduled training flight some 80 kilometers from Khabarovsk. The crew ejected," the ministry said.

The flight was performed without an ammunition allowance. The plane crashed in a deserted area and there is no destruction on the ground.

According to a source, the crash was caused by failure of three propulsion systems.

The source tols TASS that an Antonov An-12 aircraft, as well as two Mi-8 helicopters had been sent to search for the crew of the plane.

First published by TASS.

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