39 Killed as Russian Plane crashes in Syria

Damascus, Mar 07: A Russian transport plane crashed in Syria killing all 39 people on board with the defence ministry saying the aircraft reportedly wasn’t shot down.
The Antonov-26 aircraft crashed at Russia’s Khmeimim airbase in Latakia province on Tuesday, Russian media quoted the ministry as saying.
Initial information suggested the crash may have been caused by a technical fault. The aircraft hit the ground about 500 metres short of the runway, the ministry said.
Thirty-three passengers and six crew members were on the aircraft when it went down at about 3pm Moscow time (12:00GMT). All of the people aboard were Russian military personnel.
The Khmeimim airbase is the main site for Russia’s military campaign in Syria. The plane reportedly did not come under fire.
“Nobody survived,” the ministry’s statement said. “According to reports from the scene, no fire was delivered against the plane.” (KNB)