Russian Il-76 shot down in Belgorod: what we know so far | Airlines

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A Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transport aircraft crashed on January 24, 2024, leading to a barrage of conflicting accounts from Moscow and Kyiv. The international community is now grappling with the aftermath of the crash. Here’s a comprehensive breakdown of the key developments surrounding the downed Il-76.

Crash site and geolocation

Footage of the crash appears to show the Il-76 ablaze and disintegrating as it plunged towards the ground, signifying that it had been shot down. Geolocation analysis indicated the aircraft’s position was near the village of Yablonovo, Belgorod Oblast, approximately 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the Ukrainian border. The trajectory of the aircraft was heading in a north-northwestern direction.

Russian Ministry of Defense statement

Shortly after the crash, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that the Ukrainian armed forces targeted the aircraft in a “terrorist act.” They alleged that Russian radar detected two missile launches from Ukraine. The ministry reported 74 people on board, including six…

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