Russian cargo plane crashes in Syria, killing all 32 aboard

09 March, 2018, 07:52 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Violence halts rare aid delivery to Syria's eastern Ghouta

Russia's Defense Ministry has raised the death toll from a military transport plane crash near the Hmeimim air base in Syria to 39.

"According to preliminary data, there were 26 passengers and 6 crew members on board the aircraft".

The plane crashed near Syrian Hmeymim base at 3:00 pm when landing. As per the reports, all 32 people who were on board have died in the incident.

Earlier, the ministry said the plane collided with the ground just 500 meters from the runway.

"The crew and the passengers were killed".


Russian officials said a handful of Russian citizens may have been killed in that incident, but said they were not members of Russia's armed forces. Investigation has begun to ascertain the causes of the accident.

It also accommodates flights carrying Russia's humanitarian aid and other cargos to Syria. US forces last month may have killed more than 200 Russian mercenaries who attacked a base held by mainly Kurdish troops, though Russia has denied any official involvement in that clash.

The aircraft that crashed, an Antonov An-26, has been out of production since 1986 and does not boast a particularly impressive safety record.

Russia's air force intervened in Syria in 2015 on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad, helping his troops retake key cities across the country.

The media said Maj.

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