Russian Bear Explodes On Runway

  • Jan 21, 2016 6:06am GMT

Although the incident occurred in June of last year a video shot by an eye witness has emerged this week.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry this happened during a routine training flight June 8, 2015 at Ukrainka airfirled in Russia's far east. During the acceleration for take-off the Tu- 95 skidded off the runway after an engine fire. There was no ammunition on board. Two of the five-man crew were killed.

This was the first of two Bear crashes last year. The second in July led to the Russian Ministry of Defense suspending Tu-95 Bear flights for a while. First flown in 1952, the Tu-95 entered service with the Soviet Union in 1956 and is expected to serve the Russian Air Force until at least 2040. The aircraft has four Kuznetsov NK-12 engines, each driving contra-rotating propellers. It is the only propeller-powered strategic bomber still in operational use today. In November last year, Tu-95s had their combat debut being employed for the first time in long range airstrikes as part of the Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War

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