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Russian strategic bomber overruns take-off runway as one of engines catches fire

June 08, 2015, 19:55 UTC+3

Flights of Tupolev Tu-95 bombers have been suspended

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Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bomber (archive)

Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bomber (archive)

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MOSCOW, June 8. /TASS/. A Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bomber overran the take-off runway in Russia's Amur Region, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry reported Monday.

"The accident occurred during a practice flight at the Ukrainka airfield in the Amur region at 17:00 Moscow time. The Tu-95 ran over the runway during acceleration. There was no ammunition onboard. According to preliminary information, engine fire was the cause behind the accident," the ministry said.

 Flights of Tu-95 strategic bombers have been suspended, the ministry said.

"The commander-in-chief of the Russian air forces has ordered to suspend Tu-95 flights for a period of investigation," the press service said.

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