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Nuclear-capable Russian bomber crashes amid snowstorm

MOSCOW: A nuclear-capable supersonic bomber crashed while trying to land in a snowstorm in Russia’s far north on Tuesday, but the aircraft did not have any weapons on board.

Two of the Tupolev-22M3 plane’s four-man crew died in the crash and a third later died of his wounds in hospital. The fourth crew member survived.

The accident happened in Russia’s Murmansk region when the Soviet-era plane tried to land at an airbase near the city of Olenegorsk in a fierce snowstorm and amid high winds.

The plane broke up on the tarmac and caught fire.

The Russian defence ministry said it was investigating all possibilities, including a technical fault.

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