In Syria, the sea crashed Russian military aircraft, both pilots were killed

Sergey Bobylev  TASS archive

Sergey Bobylev TASS archive

Russian servicemen prepare a Russian Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet before a departure for a mission at the Russian Hmeimin military base in Latakia province, in the northwest of Syria, on December 16, 2015. Arab media published photos depicting the moment the crash is believed to have happened.

A Russian fighter jet has crashed in sea off the Syrian coasts, killing both pilots state-run news agencies have reported. The disaster occurred as the aircraft was gaining altitude.

The most recent acknowledged Russian military loss came when a transport plane crashed on landing at the Hmeimim airbase in March, killing all 39 people on board.

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According to the Russian army, one of the possible causes of the accident is "the entry of a bird into the engine" of the device, which "was not shot".

Pilots "fought to take the aircraft under control till the last minute", according to Moscow defence officials.

Su-30SM is manufactured by the Irkut Corporation at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant.

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