Three Russian Tu-22M3 bomber crew members died and two others were injured when their plane crashed on a training flight on Tuesday, January 22, the defense ministry said, days after a deadly collision between two jets.

“A Tu-22M3 bomber crashlanded in a blizzard after a routine training flight,” TASS quotedthe Ministry of Defence as saying.

The plane, which was not carrying weapons, fell apart on impact with the runway.

“Two crew members died,” the ministry said.

Two other crew members were taken to hospital, but one later died, TASS reported.

The incident occurred at Olenegorsk in Russia’s northern Murmansk region. Sources told Russian agencies that emergencies services were trying to put out a fire at the accident site.

Murmansk Oblast is located mainly on the Kola Peninsula almost completely north of the Arctic Circle

The Tupolev Tu-22M (NATO reporting name: Backfire) is a variable-sweep wing, long-range strategic and maritime bomber originally developed in the 1960s. A crew of four operates the aircraft.

The Tu-22M3 variant first flew on June 20, 1977.

The crashed plane was produced in 1986 and underwent a major overhaul in 2012, TASS reported Tupolev as saying.

The Russian Air Force operates around 60 Tu-22M bombers, including Tu-22M3 and Tu-22MR variants. They are to be equipped with the new 1,500 km-range Kh-50 cruise missile.

The aircraft has been used in Russia’s campaign in Syria.

The incident comes less than a week after two Su-34 bombers collided in the Russian Far Eastduring a scheduled training exercise last Friday.

Only one of the four crew members involved, all of whom were able to eject, was rescued alive.


Konstantin (aka Leon Brookhill) 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. He was 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 started 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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