Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Russian Su-24 jet crashes at air base in Syria, crew dies

Russian Su-24 jet crashes at air base in Syria, crew dies

The Russian Defence Ministry confirmed the Su-24 military aircraft skidded off the runway at the Khmeimim Airbase while it was beginning a "combat task".

A still image taken from a file video footage shows a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 military jet taxiing on the tarmac at the Hmeymim air base near Latakia, Syria.

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All of the crew died in the accident after they failed to eject themselves from the aircraft.

Spokesperson did not clarify how many people died, but the Su-24 usually has a crew of two. The crew aboard the two-seater aircraft was unable to eject and was killed, the spokesperson added. Initial reports said that the chopper was shot down, but the Defence Ministry subsequently denied those reports.

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A technical fault may have been to blame, the ministry said.

The latest casualties put the toll of Russian servicemen officially reported as killed in Syria at 37.

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Last month a Russian general was killed near the eastern city of Deir al-Zour, where Russian special forces are participating in the regime's ground offensive.

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