10:42 GMT22 February 2020
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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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