2 dead in Russian fighter jet crash off Syria coast

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In Syria crashed Russian military aircraft, according to the special correspondent of Barzan Sadiq it happened near the village of Jableh, 18 km from Latakia, near the air base Hamim. Sadly, both crewmen onboard the jet died in the crash.

We will update this post as more information comes available.

The two-seater Sukhoi-30SM jet crashed on Thursday morning after taking off from Russia's Hmeymim airbase in Latakia province.

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According to a preliminary probe, a bird stuck in the plane's engine was said to have caused the crash; there was no fire in the incident, it said.

Both pilots who fought until the last minute to save the plane were killed, the ministry said.

The Su-30SM is the first warplane in the Su-30 family of "Flankers" to be lost by the Russian military. Khmeimim Airbase near Latakia and the naval site in the port city of Tartus have been handed over to Russian Federation for 49 years with an option of automatic extension.