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Russian military plane catches fire and crashes in huge explosion with three feared dead

Shocking second prototype Russian military plane catches fire and crashes in huge explosion with legendary check pilot and two others feared dead

  • It crashed virtually one mile from runway at Kubinka airport, Moscow, on Tuesday
  • Footage exhibits plane had right-side engine hassle earlier than tilting and falling
  • Aircraft reportedly flown by legendary Russian check pilot, Nikolai Kuimov, 63
  • Test pilot Dmitry Komarov, 51, and engineer Nikolai Khludeev, 56, additionally onboard

By Will Stewart for MailOnline

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A stunning video exhibits the second a prototype Russian military transport plane crashes and explodes right this moment on a check flight with three individuals feared dead. 

Footage exhibits the plane had right-side engine hassle earlier than instantly tilting and falling onto a forest virtually one mile from the runway at Kubinka airport, Moscow, on Tuesday. 

A huge fireball and column of smoke rose from the crash website. A rescue operation was underway on Tuesday with the destiny of the three crew onboard unclear. 

A stunning video exhibits the second a prototype Russian military transport plane crashes and explodes right this moment on a check flight with three individuals feared dead

Footage exhibits the plane had right-side engine hassle earlier than instantly tilting and falling onto a forest virtually one mile from the runway at Kubinka airport, Moscow, on Tuesday

Reports stated the plane was being piloted by Nikolai Kuimov, 63, a legendary check pilot, and adorned Hero of the Russian Federation who had flown greater than 35 completely different plane varieties. 

Also on the plane had been top notch check pilot Dmitry Komarov, 51, and top notch check flight engineer Nikolai Khludeev, 56. 

The crash concerned the superior Russian-made Ilyushin Il-112V military transport plane, seen as a key plank in Vladimir Putin’s huge military modernisation now underway. 

‘The plane exploded after the autumn and is now fully destroyed,’ stated an emergency companies spokesman.

Reports stated the plane was being piloted by Nikolai Kuimov, 63, a legendary check pilot, and adorned Hero of the Russian Federation who had flown greater than 35 completely different plane varieties

The crash concerned the superior Russian-made Ilyushin Il-112V military transport plane, seen as a key plank in Vladimir Putin’s huge military modernisation now underway

‘A prototype Il-112V crashed on Tuesday throughout flights in the Moscow area,’ stated a defence sector supply.

The plane is a new-age mild and versatile transport plane for troops or cargo which was on account of be unveiled at Russia’s upcoming Army 2021 Forum, based on United Aircraft Corporation, a part of the nation’s hi-tech improvement large Rostec. 

Mr Kuimov was honoured by Vladimir Putin for ‘his braveness and heroism throughout the testing of aviation tools’.

He is believed to have steered the burning plane away from residential areas in his remaining act of heroism. 

Mr Kuimov was honoured by Vladimir Putin for ‘his braveness and heroism throughout the testing of aviation tools’

Also on the plane was top notch check pilot Dmitry Komarov, 51, and it’s stated the plane exploded and was destroyed 

First class check flight engineer Nikolai Khludeev, 56, was onboard the plane, which is a new-age mild and versatile transport plane for troops or cargo

The first flight of the Il-112V was on March 30, 2019, and design adjustments had been made to the plane after this.  

But its makers had been making ready serial manufacturing of the plane which was due to enter service with the Russian military.

Only yesterday United Aircraft Corporation employed the plane’s anticipated look on the Army-2021 present.

The pilot is believed to have steered the burning plane away from residential areas in his remaining act of heroism. The plane was seen as a key plank in Vladimir Putin’s huge military modernisation now underway 

‘This is a crucial occasion for our manufacturing facility and for the complete home aircraft-building business,’ stated a press release.

‘We are proud that the primary Il-112Vmilitary transport plane prototype constructed on the Voronezh Aviation Enterprise will participate in the nation’s key annual military occasion, the Army-2021 worldwide military-technical discussion board.

‘The participation in the discussion board is one other severe stage in implementing this programme.’ 

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