BREAKING: Huge explosion in Crimea as aircraft catches fire during landing at Belbek airfield

BREAKING: Huge explosion in Crimea as aircraft catches fire during landing at Belbek airfield. Image: @faytuks/Twitter

HUGE explosions have been reported in Crimea allegedly as a result of an aircraft catching fire during landing at Belbek airfield.

On Saturday, October 1, multiple reports flooded social media reporting explosions and a fire at the Belbek airfield in Crimea.

“Major explosions at the main Russian military airbase in Belbek, Russian-occupied Crimea,” one person wrote.

While another wrote: “BREAKING: Aircraft catches fire during landing at Belbek airfield in Crimea. Explosions reported.”

Governor of Sevastopol: “Extraordinary situation at the Belbek airfield. According to rescuers, the plane skidded off the runway during landing and caught fire. The fire brigade is currently on the scene. Please keep calm.”

“Russian sources are claiming a plane skidded off the runway.”

“More bad news for Putin today. Something burning at Belbek military airport in Sevastopol.. local governor says it’s a military plane that overshot the runway and crashed.”

The report of explosions in Crimea comes after the Novofedorivka Airbase, an urban-type settlement and a military air base on the Black Sea coast in Saky Raion in western Crimea, was rocked by Ukrainian attacks on Tuesday, August 9.

Following that attack, satellite images appeared to show the devastation at Russia’s Saky Airbase near Novofedorivka in Crimea as a result of the ‘attack from Ukraine’.

Alongside the images, which show a before and after shot of the Novofedorivka Airbase, Eliot Higgins wrote on Wednesday, August 10: “First unrectified images of Saki Air Base in Crimea via @planet following yesterday’s multiple explosions.

“There’s clearly been a massive fire across the base following whatever happened there.”

He added: “Comparison of August 9th and August 10th imagery show very large craters, many destroyed aircraft, and destroyed buildings. It looks like a direct hit on the building on the left, so whatever it was seems accurate.”

This is a breaking news story, we will continue to update you as further information is made available.


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Matthew Roscoe

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