A supersonic Tupolev Tu-22M3 Backfire bomber belonging to the Russian Air Force crashed Tuesday in the Kaluga region.
Russian media on March. 23, 2021, reported that a Tu-22M3 Backfire long-range bomber crashed at Shaykovka airbase, in the Kaluga region, killing the three crew on board.
The cause or causes of the crash are unknown, but local sources reported that the bomber caught on fire immediately after crashing.
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At the same time, according to an Interfax source, the aicraft made an emergency landing due to a technical malfunction on board.
Despite this, RIA Novosti reported that there was an abnormal situation on the ground – an abnormal operation of the catapult.
“That is, this is not a plane crash,” said the agency’s interlocutor.
The Tu-22M3 is a Soviet-era supersonic, variable-sweep wing, long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber developed by the Tupolev Design Bureau in the 1960s.
*This is a developing story. More details will be added as they emerge.