Three crew dead in Russian Tu-22 strategic bomber accident

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Three navy pilots died in Russia on Tuesday when ejection seats of their Tu-22 strategic bomber malfunctioned, the Russian defence ministry mentioned.

“An ejection system malfunctioned during a planned preparation on the ground for a Tu-22M3 flight at an airfield in the Kaluga region,” the defence ministry mentioned.

Three crew members obtained deadly accidents as a result of “insufficient height to deploy parachutes,” the defence ministry mentioned in a press release carried by Russian information companies.

A state fee has been despatched to the scene close to town of Kaluga some 190 kilometres (120 miles) southwest of the capital Moscow to examine the bomber and look into the explanations of the accident.

A defence ministry spokeswoman declined to provide additional particulars when reached by AFP.

State information company TASS quoted a supply as saying that one crew member had survived.

Designed in the Soviet period, Tu-22M3 hypersonic strategic bombers have been utilized by Russia in Syria, amongst different campaigns.

Accidents involving Russian civilian and warplanes are pretty widespread, often attributable to technical malfunction or human error.

Three folks died when a Tu-22M bomber crashed in the northern Murmansk area in January, 2019.

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