Tu-22 crashes at Murmansk – Three pilots dead

Russian fighter crashed during a training flight in the Murmansk region on Tuesday. Three pilots lost their lives, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

“In the Murmansk region, on 22 January, the Tu-22M3 plane hit a blizzard and landed hard after a scheduled training flight,” the Ministry of Defense press release said.

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An injured pilot is in a hospital. His condition was heavy. Three other crew members were dead, it was said.

The incident occurred at the aerodrome of the long-range aircraft regiment in Olenegorsk (Murmansk region) at approximately 13:40 (MSK). The flight was carried out without ammunition. After the hard landing, the machine caught fire.

According to the press service of the Russian aircraft manufacturer Tupolev, the machine was manufactured in 1986 and in 2012 has undergone a complete repair.


Our Editor Konstantin was born in Moscow’s Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva (VDNKh) district on 23 February 1961 the second son of a School master. Educated at Kazan National Research Technical University Казанский национальный исследовательский технический университет имени А. Н. Туполева he graduated in Economics in 1982. Recruited to the Soviet 40th Army serving as a Сержант in Aghanistan,later transferring to 1008th Flak Artillery Regiment, before being struck in the shoulder by a stray shell fragment. Konstantin invalided out of the Army . Starting up as Soviet blogger ‘Maaxmann’, later becoming a guard for a Moscow ballet company and it was there accompanying them in the West, that he had his first taste of the ‘High Life’. Failing to return to Russia he resided first in Reutlingen, where he became a correspondent for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung…later he moved to London to write for the Telegraph,where he now resides with his wife and 2 children.

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