Russian jet crashes in Syria, crew killed
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Russian jet crashes in Syria, crew killed

Su-24 fighter plane crashes during takeoff at Hmeimim base, apparently due to technical failure

File: A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber taking off from the Hmeimim airbase in the Syrian province of Latakia,  October 3, 2015. (AFP/Komsomolskaya Pravda/Alexander Kots)
File: A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber taking off from the Hmeimim airbase in the Syrian province of Latakia, October 3, 2015. (AFP/Komsomolskaya Pravda/Alexander Kots)

MOSCOW, Russia — A Sukhoi military jet crashed while trying to take off from Russia’s Hmeimim base in Syria on Tuesday, killing the crew, Russian news agencies quoted a military spokesman as saying.

“The Su-24 plane rolled off the runway and broke up while accelerating for takeoff… The plane’s crew did not have time to eject and died,” the spokesman said.

He did not clarify how many people died, but the Su-24 usually has a crew of two.

“According to a report from the scene of the accident, the reason could be a technical failure,” he added.

Russia has staged airstrikes in Syria in support of the regime of President Bashar Assad since 2015.

On Tuesday, the defense ministry said Russian planes are currently carrying out 150 strikes per day in eastern Syria against Islamic State jihadists.

The latest casualties put the toll of Russian servicemen officially reported killed in Syria at 37.

Last month a Russian general was killed near the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, where Russian special forces are participating in the regime’s ground offensive.

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