Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Russian Transport Plane Crashes in Syria, 32 People on Board Killed

Russian Transport Plane Crashes in Syria, 32 People on Board Killed Russian Transport Plane Crashes in Syria, 32 People on Board Killed
Melinda Barton | 06 March, 2018, 19:45

Thirty-nine people died when a Russian transport plane crashed in Syria on Tuesday, Russian news agencies reported, citing the Russian Defense Ministry.

An An-26 belonging to a military flight school crash-landed and caught fire south east of Moscow in May a year ago, killing one crew member.

In a statement, the Ministry said preliminary data suggested that the accident could have been caused by technical failure.

The Russian An-26 transport aircraft crashed while attempting to land at Russia's Hmeimim airbase in Syria. "All those on board died [in the incident]", it added. Some 450 such aircraft are still in service, with majority used by the Russian military.

The Russian military insisted the cargo plane did not come under fire, while saying it would conduct a full investigation.

Russian Federation has witnessed a number of air incidents during its anti-terrorist operation in Syria, with some of them being non-combat ones. It appears that the plane crashed due to a technical fault.

There have also been deaths and injuries among Russian forces in Syria.