Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Russian Tu-22M3 bomber makes emergency landing at Pulkovo airport

A military plane carrying Kh-22 cruise missiles was forced to make an emergency landing in Saint Petersburg on Sunday.

The flight crew of a Tu-22M3 Backfire-C swing-wing bomber executed an emergency landing at the city’s Pulkovo international airport on 5 March.

According to airport representatives, the landing was not an emergency, as the board requested, due to adverse weather conditions.

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Russian officials refused to comment on this incident and later stated that the landing was due to terrible weather. On the morning of March 6, a Tu-22M3 took off from Pulkovo, but just before, an Il-76 military transport aircraft arrived at the international airport with technicians who examined the bomber.

The Tu-22M3 Backfire works primarily as a maritime strike and bomber asset for the Russian military. Currently, the Backfires uses to strike targets in Ukraine, including civilian buildings in Dnipro, Kremengug and Mariupol.

Since the Tu-22M3 is the only aircraft in the Russian inventory that currently carries the Kh-22 or Kh-32 cruise missiles.

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