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Russian military transport plane crashes

Update : 24 Jan 2024, 21:25

A Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transport plane crashed on Wednesday in Russia's Belgorod region, the state-run RIA news agency quoted the Defense Ministry as saying.

"On board were 65 captured Ukrainian army servicemen being transported to the Belgorod region for exchange, six crew members and three escorts," RIA quoted the Defense Ministry as saying.

The governor of Russia's Belgorod region said everyone onboard the military transport plane had died in the crash.

A Russian defense official told the Duma parliament later on Wednesday that Ukraine had shot the plane down, a claim that could not be immediately verified.

Ukrainian officials did not immediately comment on a possible cause for the crash.

The Il-76 military transport aircraft is designed to carry troops, cargo and military equipment. It typically has a five-person crew and can carry up to 90 passengers.

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