Russian state media reported that a Russian fighter jet crashed into a house in the Siberian city of Irkutsk during a test flight on Sunday, killing two pilots. This is the second Russian fighter jet crash in a residential area within a week.
Russia’s state news agency Tass reported, citing emergency officials, that the Su-30 plane caught fire but there were no civilian casualties and the fire was extinguished.
Monday’s crash that killed 14 people comes as Russia’s military is under great pressure in the war in Ukraine, facing battlefield defeat and growing criticism from supporters. war advocates, who say that the country’s Ministry of Defense has spoiled the war.
State news agency RIA-Novosti said the Russian Investigative Committee, the country’s main investigative body, had sent forensic experts to the scene in Irkutsk to investigate.
In last week’s crash, a Su-34 jet crashed into the courtyard of a large apartment building in Yeysk, a port town and resort across the Sea of Azov from the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. One of its engines caught fire during a training mission. Three children were among the dead. According to Tass, the pilots ejected themselves.