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Several crew members are said to have died in an apparently unsuccessful emergency landing of a transport aircraft near the city of Ryazan in central Russia – about 200 kilometers south-east of Moscow.

Several images and videos circulating on social media indicate that the machine was an Ilyushin Il-76.

Like the Russian news agency RIA Novosti According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, an engine malfunction during a training flight without cargo forced the crew to attempt an “emergency landing on rough terrain”. According to the information, the aircraft was “partially” disassembled when it touched down on the ground.

According to initial reports, there were nine or ten people on board. Initially, Russian media reports said at least two crew members were killed, while six survivors were taken to local hospitals. A little later, Russian authorities announced that four people died. According to a report by the news agency RIA Novosti the regional government announced:

“According to preliminary information, four people died in the crash of the plane near the Mikhailovskoye highway in the city of Ryazan. Five others are in medical facilities in the city of Ryazan with injuries of varying severity. They are receiving the necessary medical assistance.”

There were no reports of casualties or damage to any infrastructure on the ground, as the plane was apparently scheduled to touch down in a field near the highway.

The machine caught fire after the impact, but the fire was quickly brought under control as numerous firefighters were deployed at the crash site.

According to unconfirmed reports, the military transport had to make an emergency landing in Ryazan immediately after takeoff and immediately caught fire. The plane only landed in Ryazan to refuel and was actually on its way from the city of Orenburg near the border with Kazakhstan to the city of Belgorod on the Ukrainian border. But these reports in some Telegram channels have not been confirmed by Russian authorities. RIA Novosti reports, citing official information, that according to “operational information that is yet to be clarified”, the plane did not come from the Orenburg region.

Telegram channel Baza reported that one of the plane’s engines caught fire before the plane made the emergency landing.

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