Three people dead after Russian military plane crashes and catches fire

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Three people are reported to have died and six injured after a military plane caught fire and crashed in western Russia.

Fatalities were reported on Friday (June 24) morning shortly after the IL-76 transport aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in a field near the city of Ryazan.

Nine people in total were on board the plane at the time of the accident, according to the Moscow-based Interfax news agency.

Footage posted on social media shows a line of fire engines and one ambulance positioned in front of large flames.

The blaze can be seen billowing dark black smoke in front of a row of trees, while a small crowd of people can seen watching in front of the camera.

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