An Omni Air International Boeing 767-300 sits on the runway after catching fire at Shannon Airport, Ireland August 15, 2019 in this image obtained from social media. (Reuters/Charles Pereira)

DUBLIN (Reuters) - An aircraft that regularly carries U.S. troops through Ireland's Shannon Airport caught fire shortly before it was due to take off on Thursday, national broadcaster RTE reported, forcing the suspension of flights at the airport.

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The past few weeks have been rough for the Russian military, as a string of serious accidents have led to dozens of deaths and injuries.

Accidents are certainly not uncommon for the Russian military, which lost its only aircraft carrier last fall when a heavy crane punched a hole in it as the only dry dock suitable for carrying out repairs and maintenance on a ship that size sank due to a power failure, but the last few weeks have certainly been a challenge.

Over the past month and a half, the Russian military has seen a fire claim the lives of sailors aboard a secret nuclear submarine, an explosion at a ammunition depot, and, as of Thursday morning, an explosion during the testing of a rocket engine at a military test facility.

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Coast Guard cutter Polar Star crew members on the ice about 13 miles from McMurdo Station in Antarctica, January 26, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard/Fireman John Pelzel0

During its return from an annual supply run to the McMurdo research station in Antarctica, the U.S. Coast Guard's only heavy icebreaker, the Polar Star, had a fire break out inside its incinerator room as it sailed about 650 miles north of McMurdo Sound.

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U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Shane T. Manson

Earlier this month a tip landed in the inbox for Task & Purpose's Facebook page claiming that a Marine at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, allegedly set fire to an infantry battalion's headquarters.

"And it was intentional," wrote the tipster. "And it apparently is because of op tempo and being annoyed with their command."

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U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Damon A. Mclean

Editor’s Note: This article by Gina Harkins originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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Photo courtesy of Jesse Iwuji

Jesse Iwuji didn’t just pass by. He didn’t rubberneck or gawk. When he saw a family on the side of the road, and their minivan on fire, he immediately lept into action.

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