Russian Defense Ministry confirms Russian Sukhoi Su-24 aircraft crashed in Syria
Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber skidded off runway during the takeoff in Syria on Tuesday and the crew was killed, the Defense Ministry said.
As Russian News Agency “TASS” reported that the accident occurred at the Hmeymim air base, in Latakia Governorate, when the aircraft when building up speed before the takeoff. The jet was on a combat mission.
“The plane’s crew failed to eject and died,” the ministry said, adding that no damage on the ground was reported. Technical malfunction could have been the cause of the accident, it said.
Earlier, some media claimed the plane that crashed in Syria had allegedly violated Turkish airspace and was shot down by Turkish Air Force planes.
Russian airstrikes against the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria started on September 30. Russia intensified its airstrikes against the terrorists after it was reported that the crash of the Russian A321 plane in Egypt was caused by a terrorist bomb exploding on board. Russia has involved long-range aviation in its air strikes and has enforced the air grouping deployed in Syria. Russia’s air grouping involves 69 aircraft, including Su-34 bombers, Su-24M and Su-25 attack aircraft, Su-30SM and Su-27SM3 fighters and Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters.