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Four dead after a Russian military plane crashed en route to Ukraine, images show the wreckage of a fireball

Four people were killed when a Russian military plane crashed in the west of the country.

The Ilyushin-76 plane reportedly burst into flames in a field before crash-landing, triggering a major emergency.

A Russian military plane has crashed in the western part of the country

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A Russian military plane has crashed in the western part of the countryPhoto credit: East2West
The plane burst into flames in midair before crash-landing in a field

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The plane burst into flames in midair before crash-landing in a fieldPhoto credit: East2West
A crowd of onlookers watched the aftermath of the fiery crash

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A crowd of onlookers watched the aftermath of the fiery crashPhoto credit: East2West

A fiery inferno was seen at the Ryazan crash site, southeast of Moscow.

The plane reportedly burst into flames in mid-air and circled in circles for some time before crash-landing.

Dramatic video shows the flaming plane crashing to earth in a blazing fireball.

As it hits behind a row of high-rise apartment buildings, flames and a huge plume of black smoke rise into the sky.

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In the video, the voices of eyewitnesses watching the crashed plane can be heard.

“It’s all on fire, look,” says a voice. “It flies toward us.”

Another says: “So scary, it’s flying towards us. It’s going to hit the houses, look.”

The pilot appeared to be attempting an emergency landing of the burning plane.

Although the crash site was near shops and residential buildings, the pilot managed to avoid casualties on the ground.

It was believed to be en route to the war in Ukraine with nine on board, having been refueled at Ryazan when it crashed.

Three passengers died in the crash while the survivors were taken to hospital after being pulled from the burning wreckage.

A fourth died in hospital, and another five are said to be in “severe” condition.

The plane is said to have taken off from Orenburg in Belgorod before stopping for refueling in Ryazan, a key base for Russian paratroopers 125 miles south-east of Moscow.

Ilyushin-76s have been used in recent months to transport military equipment from Russia to the front lines in Ukraine.

It is not yet clear what equipment the plane was carrying when it crashed.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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