UPDATE: A third crew member died en route to hospital.
On January 22, a Tupolev-22M3 strategic bomber crashlanded in a blizzard after a routine training flight in the Murmansk Region, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. Collision with the surface caused the plane to fall apart. The bomber carried no weapons.
According to the statement, 2 crew members died while 2 others were taken to a hospital where they were set to receive the necessary medical assistance.
The incident took place at the Olenya miliary airbase, which is located 92km south of the city of Murmansk. The air strip’s length is 3,500m.
On January 18, 2 Su-34 fighter-bombers collided in mid-air over the Strait of Tatary in Russia’s Khabarovsk Region. Four pilots ejected. Two of them died. One was rescued. The fate of the fourth pilot is unknown.
Following the incident, investigators have initiated a criminal case of violation of flight rules.