MOSCOW (AP) – The death toll from the crash of a Russian warplane in a Russian city rose to 14 on Tuesday, including three people who died when they jumped from a nine-story building to escape a massive fire, authorities said.
A Su-34 bomber crashed on Monday in the port city of Yeysk on the Sea of Azov after one of its engines caught fire during takeoff for a training mission, the Russian Defense Ministry said. It said both crew members bailed out safely, but the plane crashed into a residential area, igniting a massive fire as tonnes of fuel exploded on impact.
After hours of combing through the charred remains, authorities said 14 people, including three children, had been found dead. Another 19 were hospitalized with injuries.
Yeysk, a city of 90,000, is home to a large Russian airbase.
The Su-34 is a supersonic twin-engine bomber equipped with sophisticated sensors and weapons that was a key strike component of the Russian Air Force. The aircraft saw widespread use during the war in Syria and the fighting in Ukraine.