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Three people dead after Russian military plane crashes and catches fire

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Russia.Fatalities were reported on Friday (June 24) morning shortly after the IL-76 transport aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in a field near the city of Ryazan.Nine people in total were on board the plane at the time of the accident, according to the Moscow-based Interfax news agency.Footage posted on social media shows a line of fire engines and one ambulance positioned in front of large flames.The blaze can be seen billowing dark black smoke in front of a row of trees, while a small crowd of people can seen watching in front of the camera.One local report said the plane was attempting to land at the nearby Ryazan airport when it crashed.

The city is located around 351 miles from the border with Ukraine.Earlier this week dramatic footage from the frontline showed the moment a Russian colonel crashed in his helicopter in a 'fireball' after being hit by a Ukrainian missile.The military helicopter carrying Lt-Col Sergey Gundorov, 51, was struck by a portable surface-to-air missile near Volnovakha in the Donbas.Vladimir Putin lost his 55th colonel in the Russia-Ukraine war as the stricken Mi-35 touched the ground before cartwheeling over a narrow strip of woodland, becoming a fireball and crashing in a field.This is a breaking news story and is being constantly updated.

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