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MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military cargo plane crashed Friday, killing at least four crew members and injuring several, officials said.

The Il-76 heavy cargo plane crashed in the southwestern region of Ryazan. The Russian Defense Ministry said the plane suffered an engine problem that forced the crew to crash it to the ground.

The regional administration said four of its crew were killed and five others injured when the plane slammed into a field just outside the town of Ryazan. Officials said the injured were hospitalized in serious condition.

The four-engined Il-76 was designed in the 1970s and served as the main cargo aircraft for the Soviet and Russian air forces. It has also been widely used by many countries around the world.

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