Russian fighter plane crashed into its residential area for the second time in a week
Two pilots were killed when a Russia air force fighter jet, SU-30 crashed into a residential area in its territory on the 23rd.
This is the second fighter jet crash in a week after the SU-34 fighter jet crashed on the 17th.
The Associated Press reported, “This is the 11th non-combat accident since Russia invaded Ukraine.”
According to the Associated Press, the fighter jet crashed into a two-story house in Irkutsk, eastern Siberia, where two households live.
“Two fighter pilots were killed in the accident, but no casualties were reported on the ground,” Irkutsk Governor Igor Kovjev said.
The cause of the crash is not yet known, but according to the video posted on Russia social media, the accident plane fell almost vertically, AP reported.
The Irkutsk region, where the crash occurred, is the largest city in Irkutsk Province with a population of 600,000 and is home to the factory of United Aircraft Corporation, a Russian state-run aircraft manufacturer that produces SU-30 fighter jets.
The plane crashed during a training flight before being handed over to the Air Force, the company said in a statement.
It added that no weapons were on the plane.
The crash came seven days after a Russia SU-34 fighter jet crashed last week.
Shortly after a Russian SU-34 fighter jet took off for flight training on the 17th, one of the engines caught fire, colliding with an apartment in Yaesque, a southern Russian city adjacent to Ukraine, killing 15 people.
The fighter jet is the latest flagship fighter of the Russian Air Force.