Russia’s defense ministry has confirmed the loss of a Su-34 fighter-bomber in the southern Russian city of Yeysk on Monday.
“On October 17, 2022, while climbing to perform a training flight from the military airfield of the Southern Military District, a Su-34 aircraft crashed,” the ministry said in an official release.
The Russian Aviation Department clarified that a criminal case was initiated under Article 351 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (violation of flight rules or preparation for them).
According to a prelimnary report of the disaster, "the total number of deaths was 13 people, including 3 children, 19 people received various injuries and were hospitalized."
On Monday evening, a Su-34 bomber crashed in Yeysk, the pilots ejected. The plane crashed on a nine-story building, which started a fire.
The jet crashed into a residential building. Footage being shared on social media showed a large fireball erupting from the nine-story structure.
Yeysk is separated from occupied Russian territory in southern Ukraine by a narrow stretch of the Sea of Azov.
Russian state-controlled media reported that the Su-34 crashed after one of its engines failed while conducting a training flight from the military airfield of the Southern Military District.