Syrian Army's Warplane Downed by Militants Near Hama, Pilot Killed - Reports

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It has not been immediately clear which militant group was responsible for the plane's downing.

According to local media reports, a Syrian army's military aircraft has been downed by militants in the Hama province.

"The military aircraft crashed in the vicinity of Hama after it was shot by terrorists; the pilot was killed," a source told the Syrian state-run SANA news agency.

It has not been immediately clear which exactly militant group was responsible for the plane's downing, while Damascus has yet to comment on the attack.

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According to Al Masdar media outlet, terrorists allegedly first captured the pilot and then killed him; however, the information has yet to be officially confirmed.

The plane, reportedly identified as a L-39 Albatros, was downed by anti-aircraft machine guns belonging to the militants, Al-Masdar reported, citing a source in the opposition. At the same time, the media outlet cited a government source as saying that the jet suffered a technical error.

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