Three dead after new Russian military plane crashes during test
Moscow — Three people died when a newly developed Russian military aeroplane crashed during a test flight near Moscow on Tuesday, according to local news agencies.
A fire broke out in one of the engines of the Ilyushin Il-112B, according to OAK, the company that built the plane in comments to the Interfax news agency.
A video shows flames emerging from the right engine, at which point it loses altitude, tips to the side and then flips over into a forest. OAK said the plane had started off from the Kubinka airport near Moscow.
#Ongoing Prototype military Ilyushin IL-112 crashed today near Kubinka AFB (Russia), all 3 aboard die. Footage posted online shows what apparently is an engine fire taking place before the impact. Updates whenever possible throughout the day. pic.twitter.com/J1Wr22MYyg
— Air Disasters #OTD by Francisco Cunha (@OnDisasters) August 17, 2021
The Il-112B is the first military transport plane developed completely in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union, according to media reports. It can carry up to 5 tons of weapons, military gear, cargo and personnel.
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