A RUSSIAN military plane has crashed in the west of the country killing several people.
The Ilyushin-76 aircraft reportedly burst in flames before crash-landing in a field, sparking a major emergency response.
A fiery inferno was seen at the crash site in Ryazan, southeast of Moscow.
The plane is said to have burst into flames mid-air and circled for a period before crash landing.
It was believed to be en route to the war in Ukraine with nine on board after refueling in Ryazan when it crashed.
Several passengers died while the survivors were rushed to hospital after being dragged from the blazing wreckage.
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The plane is said to have set off from Orenburg in Belgorod before stopping to refuel in Ryazan, a key base for Russian paratroopers 125 miles southeast of Moscow.
Ilyushin-76s have been used in recent months to transport military equipment from Russia to the frontline in Ukraine.
It isn't clear yet what equipment the plane was carrying when it crashed.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
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