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Russian Su-24 Warplane Crashes in Syria, All Crew Members Dead

11 October 2017

English edition of Asharq Al-Awsat - the world's premier pan-Arab daily.

A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber skidded off the runway during takeoff in Syria on Tuesday, killing the entire crew, the Defense Ministry said, according to TASS. Both crew members eject, the pilot is killed by ground fire while the other crewman is rescued. At the same time, the defense Ministry said that the destruction of the earth as a result of incident no.

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The two-person crew failed to eject.

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. Initial reports said that the chopper was shot down, but the Defence Ministry subsequently denied those reports.

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

Over the past week, Russian jets have intensified their sorties, conducting up to 150 airstrikes per day.

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Russian Su-24 Warplane Crashes in Syria, All Crew Members Dead