The Russian Defense Ministry has reported that there had been “an emergency drop of an aerial explosive device” from a fighter over the city of Belgorod.
A Russian warplane accidentally dropped a bomb that went off in the Russian city of Belgorod, near the Ukrainian border, late Thursday night, causing an explosion and injuring several, according to state media.
“At around 10:15 p.m. Moscow time on April 20, when a Su-34 aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces was making a flight over the city of Belgorod, there was an emergency drop of an aerial explosive device,” reported the Russian Ministry of Defense in a statement sent to TASS, in which the weapon that caused the damage was not specified.
The Sukhoi Su-34 is a supersonic fighter bomber.
Belgorod regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Telegram that an explosion had occurred in the city center, leaving a 20-meter crater with several cars and buildings damaged.
“An investigation team and Ministry of Emergency Situations employees are working on the scene. The reason for the incident is being investigated,” Gladkov said.
In an update on Friday morning, Gladkov added that three people had been injured, although their injuries were not life-threatening.
Russia has faced similar mistakes within its borders.
In October, a Russian warplane crashed into a house in Siberia, killing both pilots as Ukraine reportedly bombed Belgorod, a city of about 370,000 located about 40 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.
The previous week, at least 14 people were killed when a Russian Su-34 supersonic bomber crashed into a nine-story residential tower in the southern Russian city of Yeysk.