Russian fighter jet crashes off Syria, both pilots killed: agencies

The ministry said the plane had not come under fire


Afp May 03, 2018
A Russian fighter jet crashed after taking off from an airbase in Syria, killing both pilots, Moscow's defence ministry said. PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW: A Russian fighter jet crashed after taking off from an airbase in Syria on Thursday, killing both pilots, Moscow's defence ministry said in a statement carried by news agencies.

"As it was climbing after taking off from the Hmeimim airbase, the Russian fighter Su-30SM crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. Two pilots, who fought until the last minute to save the plane, died, according to reports from the scene," the statement said.

The ministry said the plane had not come under fire, adding that "according to preliminary information, the reason for the crash could have been a bird falling into the engine."

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The accident brings Russia's official military losses in Syria to 86. The most recent acknowledged military loss came when a transport plane crashed on landing at the Hmeimim airbase in March, killing all 39 people on board.

But Russian nationals are regularly reported to be serving as paid mercenaries in Syria and taking on dangerous missions that often lead to casualties.

COMMENTS (1)

Bunny Rabbit | 3 years ago | Reply I pity the Russians . who asked them to interfere in Syria's internal matters. They seem to be losing a lot of things in this process.
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