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BREAKING: Russian military aircraft crashes in flames moments after takeoff

Russian military aircraft crashes in flames moments after takeoff
This is the second time this year that a Russian Il-76 military transport plane has crashed (Image/screengrab credit: !N)

The Russian Ministry of Defence has confirmed a military plane crashed moments after it took off from an air base in western Russia.

It is reported the incident occurred due to an engine fire during take off. 15 people – eight crew members and seven passengers – were onboard the aircraft when it crashed.

Officials told the state-run news agency TASS: “At about 13:00 Moscow time, an Il-76 military transport aircraft crashed during takeoff for a scheduled flight in the Ivanovo region.

“According to reports from the scene, the cause of the disaster was a fire in one of the engines during takeoff of the aircraft.”

It has not officially been confirmed whether there were any casualties.

This is the second time this year that a Russian Il-76 military transport plane has crashed.

Two months ago, another Il-76 crashed, with Moscow saying it was carrying dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war.

Footage of the Il-76 aircraft’s engine on fire seconds before it crashes (Credit: !N)

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