Russia: Fire rages in residential building at crash site of Su-30 aircraft in Irkutsk

Eyewitnesses filmed a fire that broke out after the Su-30 military fighter jet crashed in a residential area of Irkutsk, on Sunday.

Footage shows a house on fire and firefighters working to extinguish the blaze, urging the observing residents to leave the scene.

According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations’ press service, the fighter plane fell on a two-storey residential house during the test flight, causing fire at the area of 200 square metres. Open flames have reportedly already been extinguished.

According to Irkutsk Region Governor Igor Kobzev, both pilots died in the crash, while no locals were injured.

Governor added that after the crash 150 houses in the city were disconnected from the electrical power source. All houses were reconnected to the power supply two hours later.

Kobzev also noted that a local emergency situation has been introduced in the Leninsky district of Irkutsk, where the plane crashed. Work at the crash site is underway.

The head of the region added that five residents from the burnt house, were not at home at the time of the tragedy. The authorities have provided the residents of the damaged building with temporary accommodation and have also promised financial compensation.

Russian Investigation Committee initiated a criminal case under Article 263 of the Criminal Code (violation of safety rules of aircraft movement and operation). According to the committee, the test flight was carried out without a combat kit.

Investigators and forensic experts are currently working at the scene of the accident.

Governor added that a commission has been set up to investigate the accident, in which specialists from the aviation industry and relevant institutes will take part.

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