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Russian Attack Plane Heading to Combat Crashes in Syria

Russian Attack Plane Heading to Combat Crashes in Syria”

The Russian Defense Ministry said that one if its Su-24 bombers skidded of the runway during takeoff at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria's coastal province of Latakia.

Reuters reported that the jet, codenamed Fencer by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance, was making its way to a combat mission. The ministry said preliminary reports indicate that the crash likely had likely been caused a technical malfunction.

A military spokesman confirmed the incident.

The Su-24 normally has a crew of two.

Russian Federation lost two other planes - a Sukhoi-33 and a MiG-29 - off the coast of Syria a year ago in accidents involving its sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov.

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

Russian Federation has staged air strikes in Syria in support of the regime of Bashar al-Assad since 2015.

On Tuesday, the defence ministry said Russian planes are now carrying out 150 strikes per day in eastern Syria against Islamic State militants.



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