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A Russian military plane catches fire at a Crimean air base, officials say.


A huge fire broke out at a Russian military airport on the occupied Crimean peninsula After a landing plane skidded off the runway and caught fire, a Russian official and State media reported on Saturday.

The local governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaev, said that “a local explosion of the ammunition depot” had occurred after the plane veered off the runway at the airbase in the village of Belbek. He writes on the messaging app Telegram.

Video showing a huge plume of black smoke billowing across the sky as the backdrop for a beach in Crimea went viral on social media.

There was no immediate indication that Ukrainian forces or guerrillas had anything to do with the explosion.

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