Tu-22M bomber crash
15 Jul 2004
On the 8th of July the Tupolev Tu-22M3 crashed in Novgorod Region, North Russia, while landing after a training flight. The crew of four died in the crash having failed to eject for unknown reason. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov declared on 13 July that the crash of the Tu-22M3 bomber was the result of “a technical malfunction” -- not an error of the flight crew. All Tu-22M3 bombers remain grounded pending the result of the investigation of the flight recorders, which should find the cause of the technical malfunction.