Pilots killed as Russian military jet crashes off Syrian coast

03 May, 2018, 18:29 | Author: Angel Logan
  • A Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet is seen on a runway shortly before taking off

Russian servicemen prepare a Russian Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet before a departure for a mission at the Russian Hmeimin military base in Latakia province, in the northwest of Syria, on December 16, 2015.

Both the pilots have been killed.

We will update this post as more information comes available.

Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the plane crashed over the Mediterranean Sea after it took off from the Khmeimim airfield, Syria.

The crash may have been caused by a bird hitting the engine, the ministry said, citing preliminary data.

No enemy fire against the aircraft has been reported. The two pilots onboard the twin seat fighter died in the accident.

Russian military aircraft are stationed in Syria as part of a deal between Moscow and Damascus.

This is the seventh aircraft Russian Federation has lost in Syria since the beginning of its presence in the country in 2015.

Moscow also runs a naval facility in the Syrian city of Tartus, which is similarly situated in the Arab country's west.

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