According to reports from local media, a Russian military plane crashed and caught fire on Friday morning in western Russia, killing at least four people and injuring five more.
According to a press release from the Russian security ministry, the IL-76 military transport plane crashed close to the town of Ryazan after attempting an emergency touchdown due to an engine issue while on a training trip. The plane “partially disintegrated” as it tried to land.
The regional government’s press office had initially reported that the victims were stable, but the military later confirmed their demise in an update.
The aircraft was reportedly on a training flight without any cargo when the crew decided to make an emergency landing due to an engine issue. When the aircraft impacted the ground, it was reportedly partially destroyed, according to the military ministry.
According to early information, a plane crash near the Mikhailovsky motorway in the city of Ryazan resulted in the deaths of 4 people, according to the Russian state-run news agency TASS.
There have been different reports about whether there were nine or ten people aboard the military aircraft, but according to reports in the media, the IL-76 was traveling from Orenburg to Belgorod.
According to local media site RZN, the plane fell on the Mikhailovsky motorway around 500 yards from residential buildings at around 4 a.m. local time, destroying electrical lines.