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Russian fighter jet crashes in Siberian city

Irkutsk governor Igor Kobzev said on Telegram the plane crashed into a two-story house in the city.
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A Russian fighter jet crashed into a residential building in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, killing two pilots, officials said Sunday.

Irkutsk Gov. Igor Kobzev said on Telegram that the plane crashed into a two-story house in the city.

Both pilots were killed, and no residents were hurt, he said, adding that the plane crashed during a test flight.

He also shared a video showing firefighters trying to put out smoldering rubble.

Other video residents posted to social media showed what appeared to be a plane dropping from the skies before erupting into flames.

United Aircraft Corp., a Russian state-controlled conglomerate of aircraft-making plants, said in a statement on Telegram that the plane went down on a training flight before its delivery to the air force.

It said the jet was a twin-seater Sukhoi Su-30 — a key fighter aircraft in the Russian air force that is also deployed by China, India and other countries.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known, and it is being investigated, Kobzev said in a separate statement on Telegram. Nearly 150 homes were left without electricity, he said.

“We’ll absolutely be considering the issue of providing temporary public housing, as well as payments for the loss of property,” Kobzev said.

It was the second such incident in six days. Last Monday, a newer Sukhoi Su-34 crashed into the courtyard of an apartment complex in the southern resort town of Yeysk, killing more than a dozen people.

Officials said that it on was a training flight and that the two pilots ejected after the engine ignited during takeoff.