Russian military transport flies to the city on fire
The Russian military transporter Ilyushin 76 started burning shortly after takeoff and crashed near a residential area on its way to Ukraine. Four of the nine soldiers on board will die. The videos show how the plane flies towards the city in flames.
DThe Russian city of Ryazan narrowly escaped disaster. A Russian military transporter on its way to Ukraine started burning shortly after takeoff. The large Ilyushin IL-76MD model crashed near a residential area of the city, 200 kilometers southeast of Moscow. Four soldiers were killed and five others were taken to hospital, some with serious injuries.
The military transport aircraft was completely destroyed by the crash. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, it was a training flight without cargo, and there is also speculation about alleged supplies for Russian troops in their offensive war in Ukraine. The military transporter was to fly to Belgorod on the border with Ukraine, 70 kilometers north of the Ukrainian city of Kharkov.
According to local media reports, the Russian Air Force’s Ilyushin model landed in Ryazan to refuel. The city has a large military airport. Less than a minute after takeoff on Friday morning local time, the airport tower noticed a flash of light on the fourth engine and tried in vain to contact the crew.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the pilot launched an emergency landing. Videos on social networks show how the plane burns towards the city. Local media report that the burned-out engine was allegedly found a kilometer from the actual crash site.
A four-engine aircraft can take off even if one engine fails. One explanation for the fatal accident and fire in the air could be some kind of engine explosion, where debris penetrated the engine cover, hydraulic lines and cables and hit the fuel tanks in the wings. Leaking kerosene could ignite the aircraft.
The accident is being discussed on social networks in connection with Western sanctions against Russia
To eliminate this danger, the engines are regularly and thoroughly serviced and inspected for hairline cracks on the turbine blades. The accident is also being discussed on social networks in connection with Western sanctions against Russia, as components may now be missing.
In principle, however, all aviation accidents should not be hastily concluded, but a formal investigation should be awaited. However, in the case of military aircraft accidents, they are usually not published.
According to the Aviation Safety Network’s accident database, the model that crashed on Friday morning local time was 34 years old. Nothing is known about engine maintenance. The first model of the large Russian military transporter Ilyushin IL-76 took off for its first flight in 1971. In the meantime, more than 930 copies were built in various versions.
The aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of 190 tons can also carry heavy weapons and is the logistics backbone of the Russian Air Force. The last major accident at Ilyushin 76 was in 2018, shortly after takeoff from an Algerian air base. All 247 people on board were killed. Ilyushin has now developed a modernized version of the transporter, the first model of which was delivered in 2015.