A Russian Air Force supersonic Tupolev Tu-22M3 backfire bomber crashed in the Kaluga region on Tuesday.
Russian media in March. 23, 2021, reported that a Tu-22M3 long-range backfire bomber had crashed at Shaykovka Air Force Base in the Kaluga region, killing the three crew members on board.
The cause or causes of the crash are unknown, but local sources reported that the bomber caught fire immediately after the crash.
At the same time, according to an Interfax source, the aircraft made an emergency landing due to a technical malfunction on board.
Even so, RIA Novosti reported that there was an abnormal situation on the ground – abnormal operation of the catapult.
“That means this is not a plane crash,” said the agency’s interlocutor.
The Tu-22M3 is a Soviet supersonic, variable pivot wing, long-range strategic and maritime strike-bomber developed by the Tupolev Design Bureau in the 1960s.
* This is a developing story. More details will be added as soon as they are released.