Bomber crashes in Russia, crew parachutes out

Moscow (AFP) – A strategic bomber with seven people on board crashed in far eastern Russia on Tuesday but its crew apparently managed to parachute out and a search for them was underway, the defence ministry said.

“The crew abandoned the jet,” the Russian defence ministry said in a statement, adding that the Tu-95 bomber was not carrying a combat payload at the time of the crash.

Crew members, who were taking part in a training flight outside the far eastern city of Khabarovsk, apparently managed to parachute out, the defence ministry said, citing the crew of a second plane training in the area.

A search was underway for survivors.

“The jet crashed in a desolate area, there is no damage on the ground,” the defence ministry said in its statement carried by Russian news agencies.

Over the past weeks, the Russian military has reported a string of accidents that has raised questions about the safety of the country’s military aircraft.

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