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Prototype military transport plane crashes outside Moscow

Christian Fernsby |
A prototype military transport plane crashed while performing a test flight outside Moscow on Tuesday, according to Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation.

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The new light military transport plane, Il-112V, crashed in a forested area as it was coming in for a landing at the Kubinka airfield about 45 kilometers west of Moscow, spokespeople of the corporation said, TASS reported.

According to various unconfirmed reports, the accident was caused by a fire in the right-wing engine.

The crew of Il-112V has died, the United Aviation Corporation’s press service told TASS on Tuesday.

"According to the information from the Il-112V plane crash site, there are no survivors. We express condolences to families and close ones of the crewmembers, Nikolai Kuimov, Dmitry Komarov and Nikolai Khludeyev," TASS was told. The corporation added that all the necessary help to their families will be provided.


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