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Officials Reveal Death Toll From Apartment Building Fire Following Plane Crash In Russia

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At least three people died and 19 more were injured in a fire that was caused by a fighter jet crash in the town of Yeysk, emergency services have confirmed

At least three people were killed when a Su-35 multipurpose fighter jet crashed outside of a residential building in the Russian southern city of Yeysk, the vice governor of Krasnodar Region, Anna Minkova, has confirmed. Another 19 people have sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital, with four of them in critical condition, officials said earlier. Three children between the ages of eight and ten were among the injured, emergency services added.

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said that the jet’s pilots had ejected to safety. The crash was caused by a plane engine malfunction, the ministry added, citing the pilots, who said one of the engines had caught fire almost immediately after takeoff. The military added that the Su-35 was scheduled to perform a training flight, meaning that the jet was not equipped with ammunition.


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The crash caused a major blaze that damaged at least 17 apartments, according to the governor of Krasnodar Region, where Yeysk is located.

According to emergency services, the blaze at the scene was brought under control and the aircraft debris was extinguished. An evacuation of residents from nearby apartment buildings was also called off, the Krasnodar governor said.

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