Russian warplane crashes in Syria

The plane had earlier taken off from the Khmeimim Airbase and was not shot down they said

Russian su-30SM fighter jets crashed in Syria.

A Russian fighter jet crash-landed in the Mediterranean shortly after taking off from Hmeimim airbase, located in Syria.

Both pilots died during the crash.

The crash may have been caused by a bird hitting the engine, the ministry said, citing preliminary data.

No enemy fire against the aircraft has been reported. According to Airwars, a UK-based non-profit organisation that tracks reports of civilians deaths in Iraq and Syria, there were 250 civilians casualties in March alone attributed to Russian Federation and centred around the area of Eastern Ghouta.

According to that story, there was a violent roar at the moment of the impact of the military plane against the sea.

The crash brings Russia's official military losses in Syria to 86.

"The two pilots fought until the last minute to (save) the plane", the ministry added.

The U.S. has killed up to 200 of Russian combatants in strikes against Moscow ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month.

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