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Catapults fired abnormally: Three military pilots died near Kaluga

Catapults fired abnormally: Three military pilots died near Kaluga
An emergency with a long-range Tu-22M3 bomber happened at a military airfield near Kaluga, as a result, three soldiers were killed. This is reported by TASS with reference to a source in the security forces..

At the moment information, coming from various sources, diverge. According to one version, the bomber crashed while landing., on the other – catapults triggered when starting the engines of the Tu-22M3 standing on the ground, what, in its turn, led to the death of three military pilots, including regiment commander.

Catapults were triggered on the ground when the engines were started. Three people died, including regiment commander, who sat in the instructor's place
– It leads the agency source as saying.

Previously announced information about, that the plane crashed during landing was not confirmed, Tu-22M3 was just preparing for departure.

The Ministry of Defense confirmed the death of three crew members of the Tu-22M3 long-range bomber.

23 March, during the planned preparation on the ground for the Tu-22M3 flight at the airfield in the Kaluga region, an abnormal operation of the ejection system occurred. Due to insufficient height to deploy parachutes, three crew members were injured upon landing, incompatible with life
– according to a defense department report.

A special commission of the Russian Aerospace Forces has been sent to the airfield, which will clarify all the circumstances of the incident.

A source