A Russian military transport plane has crashed in flames northeast of Moscow

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A Russian military transport plane caught fire and crashed in the Ivanovo region, northeast of Moscow, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday.

Images circulating on social media showed the IL-76 aircraft descending with one of its engines on fire. Other images showed a plume of black smoke rising from the crash site.

"Around 13:00 p.m. Moscow time, an IL-76 military transport plane crashed during takeoff for a scheduled flight in the Ivanovo region," the Defense Ministry was quoted as saying by the state-run TASS news agency. Eight crew members and seven passengers were reportedly on board the aircraft.

"According to reports from the scene, the cause of the disaster was a fire in one of the engines during the take-off of the aircraft", the Ministry of Defense added.

TASS, citing an unnamed emergency service official, reported that all 15 people on board the plane were believed to have died.

The crash comes weeks after another IL-76 plane that Moscow claimed was carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war crashed in a Russian region bordering Ukraine. Ivanovo region is located more than 700 kilometers from the border with Ukraine.

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