According to new information from Moscow, 13 people were killed and 19 others injured when the Russian military plane crashed over the city of Jeysk on the Azov Sea near Ukraine. Three children were among the fatalities, Russian news agencies quoted the Ministry of Civil Protection as saying on Tuesday. The search for victims is now complete. The Russian authorities had previously given the number of deaths as six.
According to the Russian authorities, the Sukhoi-34 machine crashed into the yard of a residential complex via Yeysk on Monday evening, whereupon the aircraft's fuel caught fire. The fire had spread to a residential building and covered five of nine floors with an area of about 2000 square meters, the Russian news agencies quoted the Ministry of Emergency Situations.
The regional governor Venjamin Kondratiev later announced in the online service Telegram that the fire has now been extinguished. According to a Kremlin statement quoted by TASS, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered all necessary support to be provided to those affected by the crash.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the pilots of the fighter plane were able to save themselves by ejecting. Accordingly, they had started on a training flight. A technical problem caused one of the machine's engines to catch fire when it took off.
Yeysk is located in the north of the Russian Krasnodar region on the Azov Sea. Across the bay lies the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, which was destroyed by bombing and a long siege in the first months of the Russian offensive.
A new eyewitness video published on Telegram shows a pilot who appears to have saved himself from death in the fighter jet crash with an ejection seat and parachute.