Russian fighter jet crashes in Syria, pilots dead

Russian fighter jet crashes in Syria, pilots dead

A Sukhoi-30SM jet of Russia’s Aerospace Force has crashed in Syriam killing both pilots, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"At 09:45 on May 3, a Russian Sukhoi-30SM fighter crashed in the Mediterranean during the climb shortly after taking off from the Khmeimim airdrome. As follows from an onsite report, both pilots tried to keep the plane under control till the last moment. Both died," the ministry said in a statement.

According to preliminary estimates, a bird hit the plane’s engine.

"There was no fire impact on the plane," TASS cited the Defense Ministry as saying.

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