Russian Military Cargo Plane Crashes Killing 15 People On Board

According to Russia's defence ministry, the Ilyushin Il-76 military cargo plane crash took place in the Ivanovo region killing all persons on board.
Russian Military Cargo Plane Crashes Killing 15 People On Board
Russian Military Cargo Plane Crashes Killing 15 People On Board

A military cargo plane with 15 people on board crashed shortly after takeoff from an airfield in Russia on Tuesday, reports said.

According to Russia's defence ministry, the Ilyushin Il-76 military cargo plane crash took place in the Ivanovo region, which is 200 kilometres (125 miles) east of Moscow killing all persons on board.

"An Il-76 military transport plane crashed in the Ivanovo region while taking off to perform a scheduled flight. On board were eight crew members and seven passengers," the defence ministry said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies. 

Unverified videos on Russian social media networks showed a plane with one engine on fire heading downwards. A dark plume of smoke was shown rising into the sky as a helicopter circled.

"An engine fire during takeoff was the likely cause of the crash", the statement of the Defence Ministry added.

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