Russian Air Force bomber crashes upon landing, two of four crew members die

Source : 112 Ukraine

The accident took place in Olenegorsk, Murmansk Oblast, northwestern Russia
17:29, 22 January 2019

Tu-22 M3 bomber

Tupolev Tu-22 M3, the strategic bomber of Russia's Air Force crashed while landing on the airstrip. Two of the four crew members were killed in the accident, and the other two survived. TASS news agency reported that with the reference to the source in the law enforcement agency.

The accident took place in Olenegorsk, Murmansk Oblast, northwestern Russia.

'Tu-22 M3 bomber was lost in the disaster as it attempted to land on the airfield that belongs to the long-range aviation regiment in Olenegorsk, Murmansk Oblast. The crash took place at about 13.40 p.m. (12.40 p.m. Kyiv time, - 112 International)', the message said.

The crew included four members, the captain, assistant captain, air navigator and the operator. The captain and the air navigator survived.

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Tu-22 M3, the Russia-made strategic bomber jet is designed for offensive strikes in the strategic rear of the enemy territory. The maximum speed of the aircraft makes 2,300 kilometers, and the flight range makes 7,000 kilometers.   

The news agency specifies that the aircraft of this particular kind is based on Olenya airfield, Kolsky peninsula, some 90 kilometers south from Murmansk. 

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