Russian fighter jet crashes into building in Siberia, killing two

Two pilots of Su-30 die in the crash, but residents are unharmed in the city of Irkutsk.

Sukhoi SU-30
Video of the crash shared on social media showed the Su-30 fighter jet dove vertically before crashing in a fireball [File: Gregorio Marrero/AP]

Two pilots have been killed when a Russian fighter jet crashed into a two-story residential building in the city of Irkutsk in southern Siberia.

Video of Sunday’s crash showed the aircraft dove almost vertically before hitting the building in a fireball, sending dense black smoke into the sky.

Governor Igor Kobzev said on social media that the residents of the house for two families were unharmed. Firefighters were seen at the scene working to extinguish the blaze.

The local branch of Russia’s emergencies ministry said the Su-30 fighter jet crashed during a training flight.

Irkutsk, an industrial centre of more than 600,000 people, is home to an aircraft factory producing the Su-30 fighters.

The crash occurred less than a week after a Sukhoi Su-34 jet crashed into a multistory residential building in the Russian town of Yeysk, killing 15 people.

The Su-34 is a supersonic twin-engine bomber equipped with sophisticated sensors and weapons. It is a key component of the Russian air force and has been widely deployed in the war in Syria and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Source: News Agencies