A Russian warplane has crashed in the Bryansk region bordering Ukraine, in the second accident of its kind, on Saturday, after a helicopter was apparently shot down in the same area, the Tass news agency said.
The agency quoted a source in the emergency services as saying that the plane was a “Su-34”, adding that “the fate of the plane’s crew is still under investigation”, without disclosing further details.
Video clips posted on Russian social media on Saturday showed what appeared to be a helicopter shooting down over the Bryansk region.
The TASS news agency quoted an emergency service official as saying that preliminary information indicated that a fire broke out in the helicopter’s engine before it crashed near Klintsy, about 40 km from the border.
But a clip posted on Russia’s pro-war Voyene Osvidometel channel on Telegram showed a helicopter exploding while flying at high altitude, deviating from its course, and then plummeting to the ground, engulfed in flames.
The comments accompanying the video clip stated that a missile shot down the Russian-made Mi-8 helicopter. Reuters could not verify the comments.
Other pictures published by the channel showed the wreckage of the plane in an agricultural field.
The Mi-8 has multiple uses, ranging from military to civilian.
Ukraine did not comment on the incident.