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Russian Helicopter Crash in Eastern Syria Kills Two - Russian MoD

© Sputnik / Vitaliy Ankov / Go to the mediabankKa-52 Alligator attack helicopter and Bal coastal missile system during bilateral drill of the Pacific Fleet's naval infantry brigade and the motor-rifle brigade of the 5th Combined Arms Army of the Eastern Military District
Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopter and Bal coastal missile system during bilateral drill of the Pacific Fleet's naval infantry brigade and the motor-rifle brigade of the 5th Combined Arms Army of the Eastern Military District - Sputnik International
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A Russian Ka-52 attack chopper crashed Monday during a flight over eastern Syria as a result of a presumed technical malfunction, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. Both pilots aboard the aircraft died as a result of the incident.

"When carrying out a planned flight over the eastern regions of the Syrian Arab Republic, the Russian Ka-52 helicopter crashed. Both pilots were killed," the ministry revealed in a statement. 

"The cause of the incident could be a technical malfunction," the ministry added. The bodies of the pilots were found by search and rescue crews and taken to their operating base. 

The Ka-52 Alligator is an armed helicopter designed to conduct anti-ground missions and reconnaissance flights. 

 

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