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Death toll in Yeysk fighter jet crash rises to 13, says emergencies ministry

Rescue efforts made it possible to save 68 people

MOSCOW, October 18. /TASS/. Following the full clean-up at the disaster site, the death toll from the blaze sparked by a fighter jet crash in a residential building courtyard in the southern Russian city of Yeysk has risen to 13 people, a source in the Emergencies Ministry’s press service told TASS.

"Rescuers have completed clearing the debris. Ten bodies were found during rescue activities, which brings the total number of deaths to 13 people, including three children. Nineteen people were injured in the emergency situation," the ministry’s representative said.

Rescue efforts made it possible to save 68 people, the source said, adding that over 360 were evacuated.

An Su-34 fighter-bomber crashed in Yeysk upon a climb during its training flight from a military airfield late on October 17 after one of its engines burst into flames. The fuel that spilled during the crash ignited, with the fire spreading to a nearby multi-story residential building, engulfing all nine stories. The pilots ejected. President Vladimir Putin ordered to provide all necessary aid to the victims of the emergency.