April 22, 2024

A pilot has been killed after a Russian military aircraft crashed in the country’s Belgorod region, according to state media.

Local governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said a plane belonging to the Russian Ministry of Defense crashed in the Valuysky municipality, not far from the country’s border with Ukraine.

“An investigation team and employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations are currently working on the ground,” Gladkov said in a post on Telegram. “The reason for the incident is being investigated. The situation is under control.”

Russian state news agency TASS reported that the Su-25 attack aircraft crashed while returning to its base in the Belgorod region following a combat mission, citing the Russian Defense Ministry.

The pilot was killed, TASS said, citing the ministry.

Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti said the plane crashed in an unpopulated area, causing no damage on the ground.

The region borders Ukraine, and the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv lies across the border from the city of Belgorod.

Source: From CNN’s Nathan Hodge and Anna Chernova

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