During the take off run, one of both left engines caught fire and exploded. The captain (Lt Col Sergei Gorshnev) attempted an emergency braking procedure but the aircraft went out of control, veered off runway and completed a 180 turn before coming to rest in flames. All seven crew members were injured, the captain seriously. The aircraft was partially destroyed by fire. Few hours later, at least one crew member died from his injuries. The aircraft had the dual registration RF-94181 and 05 red.