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Three feared dead after burning military plane falls from sky and explodes

Three people are feared dead after a military jet crashed into woodland in Russia.

Footage appears to show flames coming from the starboard engine of the plane as it flew low to the ground before it appeared to lose power.

It then turned upside down and fell to the ground among some trees before exploding, sending up a huge plume of black smoke and flames.

Russian news agencies say the prototype military transport plane crashed while on a test flight outside Moscow.

The light military transport plane – an Il-112V – was coming in to land at Kubinka airfield.

News agency Interfax said three people were on board at the time of the crash.

Russian military transport plane crashes and explodes near Moscow

The Kubinka military field, to the west of the Russian capital, is due to host a large military exhibition this weekend.

It is far from an isolated incident in Russia, where there have been a number of plane crashes in recent times.

In July, a plane went missing over Siberia with 19 people on board, but was found after making an emergency landing.

An Ilyushin Il-112V military transport aircraft crashes during a training flight near the Kubinka airfield, with its right engine on fire.
The Ilyushin Il-112V military transport aircraft crashed near the Kubinka airfield – with its right engine already on fire (Picture: TASS)
The transport aircraft Ilyushin Il-112V crashed in the Moscow region on 17 August 2021.
The plane was on its back moments before the crash (Picture: East2West News)

That came days after a crash killed all 28 people on board a twin-engined propeller aircraft over the country’s far east.

In 2019, more than 40 people died when a passenger plane erupted into a fireball upon landing in Moscow.

The year before, all 71 people on board a flight which crashed shortly after taking off from Moscow died.

The latest incident is likely to raise further questions about the country’s air safety record.

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