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Russian military jet crashes on takeoff in Syria, crew killed

  • Published at 03:44 pm October 10th, 2017
Russian military jet crashes on takeoff in Syria, crew killed
A Russian military jet crashed while taking off from Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria on Tuesday in an incident that killed its two-man crew, Russia’s Defense Ministry said, Russian news agencies reported. The Sukhoi-24 attack aircraft, codenamed Fencer by the NATO military alliance, was heading out on a combat mission, but its crew failed to eject after the plane veered off the runway, the ministry was cited as saying. A technical fault may have been to blame, the ministry said. Russia has used the Hmeymim base in Latakia Province to launch air strikes against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad since it first intervened in the Syrian conflict in September 2015. Russia lost two other planes, a Sukhoi-33 and a MiG-29, off the coast of Syria last year in accidents involving its sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov.