Monday, 22 October, 2018

Russian Su-30SM Fighter Jet Crashes in Syria Killing Pilots

Russian fighter jet crash TWITTER A Russian fighter jet has crashed off the Syrian coast
| 03 May, 2018, 17:29

In Twiiter has pictures of the incident, which shows the cloud of black smoke over the sea.

The plane had earlier taken off from the Khmeimim Airbase and was not shot down, they said.

The two-seater Sukhoi-30SM jet crashed on Thursday morning after taking off from Russia's Hmeymim airbase in Latakia province.

"Both airmen, who fought for the airplane until the final moment, have died, according to a report from the ground", RIA reported, citing a ministry statement.


The ministry said the crash was not caused by artillery fire.

The accident brings Russia's official military losses in Syria to 86, AFP reported.

In March, 39 people, including military personnel, were killed when a Russian transport plane crashed while trying to land at Hmeimin, Russian state media reported.

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

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