Russia has grounded all its Tu-95 strategic bombers after one Bear skidded off runway and caught fire

Jun 09 2015 - 29 Comments

Moscow has grounded its nuclear-capable bombers after a deadly incident in eastern Russia.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has suspended all the Tu-95 Bear bomber flights after a strategic bomber suffered an incident in Russia’s Far East.

“The Tu-95 ran over the runway during acceleration. There was no ammunition onboard. According to preliminary information, engine fire was the cause behind the accident,” Russia’s MoD said according to a report posted by Interfax news agency.

Five crew members were aboard the Bear bomber that skidded off the runway and caught fire at Ukrainka airfield: one crew member was killed and another seriously injured following the incident.

As a consequence, the Russian MoD has ground the Tu-95 fleet pending investigation: this was the second incident involving a Bear bomber in two years. In 2013, a Bear was damaged after fire started behind the cockpit while the aircraft was taxing down the runway preparing for departure.

The Tu-95 is a +60-year old Russian four-engine turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform. The aircraft is often intercepted by U.S. and NATO planes during routine long-range missions across the world.

 Image credit: Aktug Ates/Wikipedia


  • rat putin

    they should also ground all BUKs

  • InvaderNat

    Excuse me??!! Don’t just blame the Russians, NATO are the ones ratcheting-up tensions all the time with their constant war-games aimed at stopping an imaginary Russian invasion. I hope Europe finally gets a brain and removes all US aircraft from the continent, which only serve to ensure US hegemony. A better place without the RuAF? Ask most people in the world and they’d rather remove the USAF from existence.

    • Mw

      Imaginary? Look at the Ukraine!

    • Imaginary?!? Dude this is the country that was just performing supersonic nuclear bombing drills on neutral countries, as well as putting submarines inside their islets and coastland. I’m talking about Sweden for what it’s worth, they have been HIGHLY provocative to entities that want no part in these geopolitical shenanigans even, NATO isn’t at fault for that. The thuglike flexing in Estonia is a good example. Russia has a long and storied history invading Europe, you act as if that has never happened before.
      And remove all US aircraft? Tough titties that isn’t going to happen ANY time soon. The Russians have been highly provocative lately, you are just blind to it.

    • Callsign Vega

      Ya, European countries who have relied on American defense for 70 years are all of a sudden going to remove the Americans and defend themselves with their tiny military’s. They’d rather spend their money on social systems than defense.

      “Ask most people in the world and they’d rather remove the USAF from existence.”

      Too bad most people in the world are morons.

      • Vaidas

        Youp well said. It’s like euroscepticists in some European countries who get huge support from European Union. Wtf, so you would rather not get billions in investitions??

    • Jacob

      It’s funny that invadernat speaks in support of Russia and talks about the U.S. Being an aggressive nation when his name implies exactly what Russia is going back to being:invader nation/Soviet Union. He forgets that the U.S. Projects force in order to stop rogue leaders and terrorism, protects those that cannot protect themselves, and protects its mainland as well. We as a country have in our countries clear and projected voice: “We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness.” Then throughout our constitution and bill of rights it states that these rights are to be defended for all people, specifically those within the U.S. But if we as Americans have the ability to protect what’s right, and that’s the freedom of mankind against tyranny, then we will and should do it, for if we don’t it will knock at our doorstep eventually. So while you spout off saying things about the U.S. And it’s presence around the world let me remind you of a few things: when a natural disaster happens who is the first to offer aid? When a nation loses much, which country’s citizens give financially out of their pockets in order that that country might be able to gather itself and rebuild? When world wars began to terrorize Europe and Russia from a rogue German nation, which country stepped in to help make sure that Europe and Russia did not fall, not once but twice? If it wasn’t for the U.S. Europe and Russia would be speaking German right now, and China would be speaking Japanese. And when the U.S. Goes into another country, does it claim its land? No. It gives it back to the people. And just a thought about who Russia is: Russia is the only nuclear country who has a first strike law where they can approve a nuclear strike without having a strike posed against them. America is not perfect. Our president is a let down. But we don’t admit to being perfect. We admit to being resilient and free, and we will protect that freedom wherever it is threatened.

      • InvaderNat

        Ok G.I. Joe, you clearly have a very overly-patriotic (rose-tinted) view of American history in Europe. Russia defended itself without American combat forces, and the latter only intervened because Germany were allies of America’s new enemy: Japan. You’re vaunted ‘Murica protects the innocent’ line is a half-truth.

        Whilst it’s true America certainly has sometimes (Korea, Gulf War) the majority of it’s military objectives have been directed at one of two things: 1) Installing regime change (Afghanistan, Panama, Iraq Invasion) 2) Halting power-gains of rival super powers (most Cold war conflicts). In this case America seeks to stop Russian gains by playing-up the ‘defending freedom’ line… they’ve been doing it for over 60 years now and yet people still fail to understand how the ‘game’ is played. No good will come from a strong NATO presence in Eastern Europe…except for American geopolitical self-interest.

  • R.Lopaka

    Shocked Sovie……I mean Russia would ground ALL.

  • So you, as a local, do find these flights intimidating, they are a psychological menace? US resident here, I would be deeply irritated and unsettled if an unpredictable superpower felt the need to rattle their sabers, or in this case rusty kuznetsovs, over my country’s ADIZ or borders. It’s kind of a middle finger, at least that’s how I view it. Are you sick of Putin flipping you off?

    • InvaderNat

      Contrary to western government & media claims, the idea that Russia is going to invade the Baltic states in asinine. Crimea was annexed because the people there actually WANT to be Russian, and Donetsk is the result of a civil war. But hey…it’s easier for media to just say ‘Soviet 2.0’ and ‘Russian aggression’ than explain the full story.

      • Jacob

        Right. And the forces fighting against The Ukrainian government aren’t Russian soldiers?!lol this a Russian political and military annexation solely for the purpose of regaining a major military sea port. This is a soviet style take over from a government going back to its soviet ways. It’s not rocket science.

  • If they are going to be re-engined as planned, the B-52 could end up outliving the venerable DC-3 in military service! Funny though, B-52’s had a spate of fiery issues in the beginning, they had turbine alternators that grenades themselves and blew up real good on some unsuspecting crews if I recall correctly.

  • Владолф Путлер

    More problem with TU-160 even with much less usage.

  • Jan Schmidt

    both b-52s and tu-95s were and are used beyond what was imagined by their creators. the bombers are older than their pilots. The USAF continues to rely on the B-52 because it remains an effective
    and economical heavy bomber, particularly in the type of missions that
    have been conducted since the end of the Cold War against nations that
    have limited air defense capabilities. The B-52 has the capacity to “loiter” for extended periods over (or even well outside) the battlefield, and deliver precision standoff and direct fire munitions. Some b-52s will be around until 2045. Tu-95s will be around until 2038.

  • John Doey

    They fly over the sea in international airspace, not over the ground, and that’s the only way they can reach their bases in Kaliningrad. The other option is them flying directly over land, perhaps right over your country, you wouldn’t want that, would you? And no, I actually think it would be better if the US air force was grounded, always supporting “dummocracy” somewhere and bombing a country that doesn’t want to submit to the international kosher banks.

  • InvaderNat

    BS. Russia is supporting the rebels with it’s military, yes. But they could not exist without a popular rebellion to begin with. Again you people don’t seem to get it, these territories have historically been Russian and most of the people their WANT to be part of Russia because they are Russians – even Ukrainian and Western sources admit this.

    I suppose I shouldn’t expect most people here to understand, given the overwhelming anti-Russian narrative in the west (I am in a ‘western’ country too btw) but parts of Ukraine became unresolved ‘grey areas’ as a result of the rapid Soviet break-up. They existed as Ukrainian, but were de facto Russian (similar thing happened in Georgia in 2008).

  • Vaidas

    Well when sovereignty of your country is threatened you are bound to be at least a little startled. It’s strange that you find it surprising. What do you mean “weapons you don’t really need”? It’s uncomfortable truth that Russia does not respect sovereignty of eastern European countries and it showed it recently in Ukraine. However it is in the interest of the west to keep Russia far away and the region stable. So while you and many others who are upset because of immigration would like eastern Europe to vanish, people higher up the chain realizes that these countries are highly important to the west therefore provide support (from your money to make you more money). And the comment you replied to was quite stupid but your reply definitely surpasses it…

    • Jan Schmidt

      there is no threat. also the baltic states are in NATO, any attack on them is treated like an attack on all of us. sovereignty is slowly relinquished to the EU. you fear russia? boooo! it is so sad, how gullible people are and how they listen to fearmongers.

  • shikataganai

    Russian seem to have mastered the Klingon stealth tecnology… 8.000 troops and no prisoners taken (or maybe the Ukrainians take no prisoners and kill all their Russians prisoners…), no corpes recovered from the ground (maybe the Ukrainian give back the corpes to the Russians so that they can hide them…)

    BTW, the French military intelligence dismissed all this garbage talk about a Russian “invasion”

  • Bez
  • Jacob

    Lol Russia’s backyard nearly goes around the circumference of the world. You are dang right the Europeans and the U.S. wants to watch Russia. They invaded Georgia now the Ukraine. And they will won’t allow an missile wall around Europe because it takes away their first strike capability. Be smart. The United states and its allies are always their when disaster strikes in other countries. And where is Russia? i hope they do better on their 5th generation fighter than they do on providing for their people.

  • jamesmace

    The two sides have exchanged hundreds of prisoners. There are two wounded Russian invaders in Ukraine hospitals now- Spetznaz

  • Callsign Vega

    Sure, let’s remove NATO from Europe and why not have all European countries get rid of their militaries? Russia would not do anything and they would all hold hands around the campfire and sing songs right? How naive do you think people are? Russia has a huge history of being an evil empire bent on slaughter, conquest and starting trouble.

  • gtiger

    Patton was never a 5-star general. The highest rank he reached was General (4-star.) General Patton argued for rearming the Germans to fight the Soviets, a solution that was both unpalatable and impractical as the American public had little appetite for another war.

  • TJ

    Looks like the Tu-95MS Bear H have resumed flying as of the 30th June. The Morse Code ground control station has resumed beacon markers. When the Tu-95MS Bear H are flying the ground control station transmits beacon markers on the hour and every twenty minutes for two minutes. I noted W beacon markers active at 0600 UTC this morning on the usual Summer frequency of 8895 Kilohertz.

  • Toast

    Soviet times are really not that long ago… have you been to these countries recently?
    There isn’t exactly a booming economy, so it has taken a long time to recover from the plunder of the Soviets. Coupled with the fact that every citizen (original Baltic citizen, not Russian that emigrated there) knows of a person who was deported. This isn’t exactly that easy to forget. East Germany had it easy in comparison.

  • Toast

    Oppressed in what Baltic country?

    The only thing that happened is that the minority Russians are no longer the top of the food chain. If that is considered oppression, then I understand your point, but please don’t call it oppression.

    Leave Russia and see what the oppression is like.

    Considering what unjust things happened to the Baltics during the Soviet times (including trying to wipe out their national existance), it should be applauded that they are so respectful and still are to Russians.

    People in the Baltics know who their neighbour is (and his power) and don’t wish to annoy him. It’s just the neighbour is just blind to their existence.

    p.s. ask the Russians who live in the Baltics if they want to be part of a civil war to become part of the glorious federation… you might be surprised what they tell you.