Tu-95 plane crashes near Khabarovsk

A Tupolev Tu-95MS aircraft crashed while making a routine training flight 50 miles from Khabarovsk at 09:50 a.m. Moscow time, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

A Tupolev Tu-95MS aircraft crashed while making a routine training flight 50 miles from Khabarovsk at 09:50 a.m. Moscow time, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"The crew left the plane. The flight was performed without armament," the ministry said in a statement obtained by Interfax-AVN on July 14.

"The plane came down in a deserted area, there is no destruction on the ground," the ministry said.

This is the second incident involving this type of aircraft recently. On June 8, 2015, a Tu-95 strategic bomber and missile carrier veered off the runway in the Amur region during routine training flights at the Ukrainka airbase.

One crew member was killed in the incident, the others sustained various injuries.

The Tu-95 is a Soviet and Russian turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile carrier.

Russia has had four more accidents involving its warplanes since the beginning of June 2015.

On June 4, a Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter aircraft crashed during a routine training flight near the Ashuluk training area (Astrakhan region). Both pilots ejected and were hospitalized.

Later on that day, a Sukhoi Su-34 frontline bomber experienced a parabrake failure while trying to land after a routine training flight in the Voronezh region. The aircraft veered off the runway and overturned. The crew were not injured. The bomber carried no armament on board.

On July 3, a MiG-29 aircraft crashed during a routine training flight near Stanitsa Kushchevskaya in the Krasnodar territory. The flight was performed without armament. The pilot successfully ejected. The plane came down in a deserted area. The crash caused no destruction on the ground.

On July 6, an Su-24M aircraft crashed during takeoff before a routine training flight near the Khurba airfield (Khabarovsk territory). Both pilots were killed. According to the Defense Ministry, the plane came down in a deserted area, causing no destruction on the ground.

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