Russian military transport aircraft crashes in Syria; death toll at 39

Russian military transport aircraft crashes in Syria; death toll at 39
AN-26 Curl defies the odds. (Image: Public domain via RFE/RL)

[Ed. – The Russians are probably right that this was an aircraft failure of some kind.  The AN-26 “Curl” is, like, 4,000 years old.  (More like 30-40 years old, depending on variant, but they stopped making them in the 1980s.)  The Russians have never taken very good care of their transport aircraft.]

Russia’s Defense Ministry has raised the death toll from a military transport plane crash near the Hmeimim air base in Syria to 39.

The ministry said that according to preliminary information, 33 passengers and six crew members died when An-26 transport plane crashed while landing at the base near the coastal city of Latakia on March 6.

All of them were Russian military personnel, it added. The Russian military had previously put the death toll at 32.

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Ministry officials said the crash was “most likely caused by a technical fault,” adding that there were no indications the plane came under fire.

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