4 dead, 6 missing after Russian warplane crashes into apartment block in town near Ukraine

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YEYSK, Russia, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Four people were killed when a Russian fighter jet crashed into a residential building in the southern city of Yeysk on Monday, engulfing the apartments in a fireball, officials said.

6 others are missing.

Military news channel Zvezda released a video showing the Sukhoi Su-34 supersonic medium-range fighter-bomber exploding as it swooped toward the apartments. Russian agencies said the pilots had been ejected.

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RIA news agency cited local emergency services as saying four people were dead and six were missing. Tass news agency, citing the headquarters for rescue operations, said 25 people were injured.

Anna Minkova, deputy governor of the Krasnodar region, wrote earlier in Telegram that three people died and 10 others were taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.

Authorities have reserved 600 beds in hotels and guesthouses to accommodate those who had to leave the building, RIA said.

Footage from the site showed large parts of the building engulfed in flames after the crash. The fire was later extinguished, local officials said.

State-owned RIA reported that the crash occurred during a training flight from a military airfield. The pilots reported an engine fire during takeoff, citing the Ministry of Defense, which ignited when the plane’s fuel crashed into a building.

Russia’s State Investigative Committee, which deals with serious crimes, said it had opened a criminal case and sent investigators to the scene.

The Kremlin said that President Vladimir Putin has ordered all necessary assistance to the victims. He ordered health and emergency ministers to be flown to the area.

Krasnodar regional governor Veniamin Kondratiev said the fire broke out in a nine-story building.

“The fire engulfed several floors at once. Seventeen flats were initially damaged,” he said in a telegram.

The incident comes about eight months after Russia sent its troops into Ukraine. Yeysk is separated from occupied Russian territory in southern Ukraine by a narrow stretch of the Sea of ‚Äč‚ÄčAzov.

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Reported by Reuters; By Mark Trevelyan; Editing by Guy Falconbridge, Sandra Maler, David Lungren and Angus MacSwan

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