Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Russian Tu-22M3 Backfire Bomber Suffered Engine Malfunction And Crashed Landed.....

Crashed about the time that this was posted:

Russian long-range bomber crash-lands in rural area after suffering engine malfunction during training mission

A long-range Russian bomber has crash-landed in the country's south after suffering an engine malfunction, the defence ministry has said. The Tu-22M3 bomber, known by its NATO code-name Backfire, landed on its belly in the Astrakhan region, 780 miles south of Moscow, on Monday. Two crewmen brought the bomber down in a field away from major towns and cities and were not seriously hurt in the crash, a government spokesman said. The bomber was taking part in a training mission and was not armed at the time of the crash, the spokesman added. Supersonic Tu-22M3 bombers entered active service in 1989 as an updated version of the Cold War-era Tu-22M, which began flying missions in 1972. Tu-22M3 bombers have taken part in bombing campaigns in Syria, flying from their bases in Russia. Source

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