Russian Su-30SM fighter plane crashes off Jableh coast

Moscow, SANA- A Russian fighter plane has crashed off the coast of Jableh City in Lattakia, killing two pilots on board, the Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed.

On Thursday morning, a Russian Su-30SM fighter plane went down in the Mediterranean Sea after taking off from Hmeimim Airbase. Pilots “fought to take the aircraft under control till the last minute,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. Both of them died as the result of the incident.

The crash may have been caused by a bird hitting the engine, the ministry said, citing preliminary data. The aircraft did not come under fire.

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