A Russian SU-34 fighter jet crashed into a residential building in the western city of Yeysk on the Sea of Azov during a training flight on Monday, according to Russian state media.
The incident was caused by one of the engines catching fire, as reported by RIA Novosti, citing the Russian Ministry of Defense.
“According to the report of the ejecting pilots, the cause of the plane’s accident was the ignition of one of the engines during takeoff. In the yard of a residential area where the Su-34 crash occurred, the plane’s fuel ignited,” said the Ministry in a statement to RIA.
“An Su-34 aircraft crashed while climbing for a training flight from the military airport of the Southern Military District,” the ministry added.
Images and video from the aftermath of the crash showed smoke and flames near a block of flats.
A witness told Russian state media TASS that firefighters and ambulances were on the scene.
“A plane has crashed in our city… Ambulances and firemen are coming from all over the city, helicopters are in the air,” the witness said, as quoted by TASS.
The residential building has nine floors, according to another resident who spoke to TASS. Another witness said an entire house was on fire.
As the Ministry of Emergencies of Russia has told RIA, the area of the fire caused by the accident is 2,000 square meters wide.
It is not known how many people died in the fire.
Krasnodar Krai regional governor Veniamin Kondratyev said in a statement that he is on his way to the city.
“Emergency services are already working on the spot: all fire and rescue garrisons in the region are putting out the fire,” he said in a statement on his Telegram channel.