Die As Russian Plane Crashes In Syria

Marsha Scott
March 7, 2018

The plane crashed down 1,600ft from the landing strip, it said, and had not come under fire. Authorities say the pilot survived because the plane's passenger cabin remained intact.

As Russia's Defense Ministry reported, "at about 3:00 p.m. Moscow time on March 6, a Russian An-26 transport plane crashed during its landing approach at the Hmeymim aerodrome".

The Chief Military Investigation Body of the Russian Investigation Committee started criminal proceedings regarding the crash in Syria. In the previous such case, a Mi-24 helicopter crashed due to a technical fault near the Syrian Hama military airfield on New Year's Eve.

All of the people on board were Russian servicemen, the ministry said.

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Hmeimim is the main base used by the Russian military in Syria while it also accommodates flights carrying Russia's humanitarian aid and other cargos. It has been portrayed inside Russian Federation as a display of Russia's resurgent military might. According to official statements from the Russian government, about 46 Russians had been killed in Syria since then, prior to Tuesday's incident, though most experts agree that Russian casualties have gone significantly underreported.

Last month, a Russian Su-25 ground attack jet was shot down by a portable anti-aircraft missile over northern Idlib province.

The An-26 aircraft was reportedly trying to land at the Khmeimim air base in northern Syria before crashing on Tuesday afternoon. He may now have turned to shadowy Kremlin-linked mercenaries to try and distance the Russian government from ongoing active operations in the country, having reportedly approved a plan for those forces to lead pro-Assad militia in an assault on us -backed Kurdish forces in eastern Syria.

This was just a week after Russian warplanes were damaged at the airbase in a rebel mortar attack. On board were 26 passengers and six crewmembers.

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