Friday, September 15, 2017

Russian Tu-22M3 bomber involved in runway excursion incident

A Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-22M3 supersonic bomber was involved in a runway excursion incident after landing at the Saykovka airbase on Sept. 14.

The supersonic bomber with registration RF-94233, reportedly veered off the runway after a hard landing and came to rest on ground nearby.

All the four on board, including the pilot, co-pilot, weapon system officer and navigator escaped unharmed.

The aircraft based at the Belaya Air Base, had been flying a mission as a part of the Zapad 2017 military exercise between Belarus and Russia.

The Tu-22 M3 is a variable sweep wing long range strategic and maritime strike bomber developed in the 1970s. Around 150 of them are operated by Russian Air Force and Navy.