At least 15 dead after Russian warplane crashes into residential area

MOSCOW (AP) — The death toll from a Russian fighter jet crash in a Russian city rose to 15 on Tuesday, including three people who died jumping from a nine-story building to escape a massive fire , authorities said.

A Su-34 bomber crashed in the Sea of ​​Azov port city of Yeysk on Monday after one of its engines caught fire while taking off on a training mission, the ministry said. Russian Defense. He said the two crew members jumped out safely, but the plane crashed in a residential area, starting a massive fire as tons of fuel exploded on impact.

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After hours of digging through the charred debris, authorities said 14 people, including three children, were found dead. Another 19 were hospitalized with injuries, and one died from severe burns at a local hospital, bringing the death toll to 15, said Anna Minkova, the region’s deputy governor.

Yeysk, a city of 90,000 people, is home to a large Russian air base.

The Su-34 is a supersonic twin-engine bomber equipped with sophisticated sensors and weapons that has been a key strike element of the Russian Air Force. The plane was widely used during the war in Syria and fighting in Ukraine.