10:11 GMT +316 July 2019
Listen Live
    Su-30SM

    Russian Su-30SM Crashes in Syria, Both Pilots Dead - Russian MoD (PHOTO)

    © Sputnik / Georgiy Zimarev
    Middle East
    Get short URL
    239161

    A Russian Su-30SM fighter crashed in Syria, with both pilots having perished in the incident, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.

    The plane crashed over the Mediterranean Sea, shortly after it took off from the Hmeymim airbase in Syria, the ministry added.

    "A Russian Su-30SM fighter plane crashed over the Mediterranean Sea at around 9:45 a.m. Moscow time [06:45 GMT] when gaining height after taking off from the Hmeymim airfield. Both pilots, which were fighting to save the plane until the last moment, died," the statement read.

    According to the ministry, the plane was not shot down.

    "According to preliminary information, a bird strike may have caused the crash," it said.

    ​The last similar incident occurred in March, when a Russian An-26 military transport aircraft crashed during landing at Hmeymim airfield, killing the 33 passengers and six crew members on board.

    Tags:
    crash, Hmeymim airbase, Su-30SM, Russian Defense Ministry, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik