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Russian Strategic Bomber Plane Crashes In Far East

A Tupolev strategic bomber (file photo)

A Tupolev strategic bomber (file photo)

A Tupolev Tu-95MS aircraft has crashed in the region of Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East.

The Defense Ministry says the strategic bomber crashed on the morning of July 14 during a training flight 80 kilometers from the regional capital, Khabarovsk.

The plane did not have any bombs aboard and fell in a remote place, it said. The plane's crew managed to eject from the aircraft before it crashed.

Rescuers later found five pilots alive and two dead.

It is the second military plane to have crashed in the Khabarovsk region in the last eight days. On July 6, a SU-24M bomber crashed while taking off on a training mission, killing two pilots aboard.

The Defense Ministry launched an investigation into that crash and grounded all Su-24 bombers until the end of the inquiry.

Based on reporting by RIA, Interfax, and TASS