At least 2 killed in plane crash in Russia

At least 2 killed in plane crash in Russia

An Ilyushin Il 76 aircraft crashed near the Russian city of Ryazan.

Several of the crew were killed on Friday morning after an Ilyushin Il 76 transport aircraft crashed near the city of Ryazan in central Russia, some 200 kilometers southeast of Moscow.

There were nine or 10 people on board, according to initial reports. According to Russian media reports, at least two of them died while six survivors were rushed to local hospitals.

Multiple pictures and videos circulating on social media indicated that the crashed aircraft was an Ilyushin Il 76, but authorities have yet to confirm whether it was a civilian or a military aircraft.

There was no reports of injuries or damage to the infrastructure on the ground, as the plane went down in a field near a freeway. Multiple fire crews and ambulances were seen responding to the crash, prompting the blaze to be brought under control.

Some unconfirmed reports indicate that the plane crashed and caught fire shortly after takeoff from Ryazan, where it had made a stopover for refueling en route from the city of Orenburg, near the border with Kazakhstan, to the city of Belgorod along the Ukrainian border.