Russian plane bursts into flames after ‘explosion’ minutes after takeoff

A Russian cargo plane has been captured exploding in the sky just minutes after taking off from Ulan-Ude airport.

The Tu-204 airplane was seen trailing flames after its engine appeared to explode. The pilots were forced to make an emergency landing just minutes after takeoff.

A woman witness Lyubov Pichueva said: “I heard a powerful explosion coming from above. At first, I thought it was fireworks, but the sound was too strange. It was very scary.”

Another witness said: “It was burning very bright just now. Something is falling out of it…It is dumping something.”

The aircraft was being used to ferry goods between China and Russia amid Western sanctions targeting Vladimir Putin’s economy.

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