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Russia Military Aircraft Bursts into Flames, Crashes to the Ground in Video

Newsweek logo Newsweek 8/17/2021 Khaleda Rahman
a large airplane flying high up in the air: File photo. A Russian Air Force Ilyushin IL-76 transport airplane flies above the countryside near the city of Qamishli in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province on October 25, 2019. © Fadel Senna/AFP via Getty Images File photo. A Russian Air Force Ilyushin IL-76 transport airplane flies above the countryside near the city of Qamishli in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province on October 25, 2019.

Video shared on social media captured the moment a prototype of a Russian military aircraft burst into flames and crashed.

The Ilyushin IL-112V military transport aircraft crashed during a test flight near Moscow with three people on board on Tuesday, the aircraft's manufacturer United Aircraft Corporation said in a statement posted on Twitter.

The crash occurred during the aircraft's landing approach in a forest near the Kubinka airfield, the company said.

The statement from the company did not say if there were any casualties. It said a commission would be established to determine the cause of the crash.

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However, the RIA news agency cited a source as saying the crew died in the crash.

A video of the crash captured the plane flying at low altitude with one of its wings on fire, before plummeting to the ground moments later.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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