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Russian Military Plane Crashes in Syria, Killing 32

Russian Military Plane Crashes in Syria, Killing 32

A Russian military transport plane crashed as it was about to land in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 32 people on board.

Twenty-six passengers and six crew members were on board, and all were killed in the crash, the news agencies quoted the ministry as saying.

"According to preliminary information, a technical problem could have been the cause of the crash", the Defense Ministry said, according to Tass.

The transporter was around 500 metres from the runway, the statement said. An investigation has been launched into the incident, the Ministry added.

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AFP reports that the latest accident comes after a Sukhoi military jet crashed while trying to take off from Hmeimim in October a year ago, killing two crew.

"On March 6, Russia's Antonov-26 transport plane crashed at about 15:00 Moscow time as it was about to land at Hmeymim airdrome".

Russia's official military losses in the war before the crash were 45.


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