Photo: Kooperativ Telegram Channel
The moment a Su-34 crashes into a residential building in the Russian city of Yeysk. The parachute of one of the pilots
can be seen on the right.
of the drone hit the cockpit of the fighter.
The pilot had to eject. The last confirmed
Ukrainian loss in the reporting period was
an Mi-8 helicopter that crashed on October
31 near the Ukrainian-controlled village of
Konstantinovka in the Donetsk region. The
wreckage on the ground was completely
burnt up, but the crew escaped, according
to Ukrainian sources.
Russian losses and accidents
Less fortunate was the crew of a Russian Mi-8MTKO helicopter that crashed on
the same day, Monday October 31, near the
village of Spirne in the Donetsk region. It
was a machine that had been delivered
from Belarus and was to be used by the
mercenary Group Wagner. Shortly after
take-off, the helicopter was hit by a MANPADS rocket, caught fire and flipped after
it hit the ground.
At least two Ka-52 helicopters were also
lost during the reporting period, and the
wreckage of one Mi-24 was found in the
Kharkiv region. The Ukrainians have also
claimed the downing of several other helicopters and Su-25s, but this has not yet
However, the number of Russian aircraft
lost in accidents continued to rise. The intensive combat deployment is reflected in
the lack of maintenance and subsequent
technical failures that have caused at least
two of the four recorded crashes.
First, on October 9, an unarmed Su-24,
which was on a training flight, made an
emergency landing in a field near the
settlement of Sibirki in Russia’s Rostov
Region. The aircraft caught fire, but both
crew members escaped. The cause of the
accident is believed to be a technical failure.
On the same day, a Su-25 crashed in the
Rostov Region. It happened near the village
of Rogalik, 30 km from the Millerovo military airport. In this case, the pilot did not
manage to eject and was killed. According
to Russian media, he was trying to pull the
aircraft as far as possible from the houses
of the settlement near which it crashed.
A major tragedy occurred on Monday
October 17 in the Russian town of Yeysk on
the coast of the Sea of Azov. Just 70 km as
the crow flies on the opposite shore of the
sea lies Mariupol, which was razed to the
ground by Russian troops in the first months of the war. A Su-34 bomber crashed
into a block of flats in Yeiisk shortly after
take-off. It was supposed to fly a training
flight. Both pilots ejected just before impact. One of them testified that one of the
twin engines started to burn during take-off. Russian investigators consider the
most likely theory to be that it collided with
birds during take-off. The impact of the
fuel-laden machine sparked a huge fire
in the nine-storey apartment building. At
least three people died after jumping out
of a window rather than stay in the flames.
A total of 15 people died, including three
A similar accident was repeated six days
later in Irkutsk, Siberia. There, a Sukhoi
Su-30 fighter jet crashed on houses on
October 23. According to official statements of the Russian authorities, the aircraft was on a test flight after being repaired. Su-30 fighter jets are produced in
Irkutsk. The aircraft crashed to the ground
almost perpendicularly and both pilots perished. Although several houses were hit,
no one on the ground was killed this time.
It is speculated that this time the cause
of the accident was a malfunction on the
oxygen system, which caused both pilots
to lose consciousness.
A video of the crash of the Su-25, which
occurred back in June, also emerged during the reporting period. However, the video footage from the pilot’s helmet camera
has become very popular because it is really action-packed. Only 15 seconds pass
from the start of the ejection to the pilot’s
parachute hitting the ground. The accident
happened on June 17 near Belgorod. The
pilot caught a power line during a low flight and cut off half of the vertical fin. The
crashed aircraft bore the designation “Red
09” and the registration number RF-91965.
It also had the letter V on its tail.
In October, a video surfaced showing the crash of a Russian Su-25 "Red 09" near Belgorod back on June 17.