Russian military jet crashes on takeoff in Syria, crew killed: agencies

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A Russian military jet crashed on Tuesday while taking off Syria's Hmeimim base, Russian news agencies said.

According to the first reports, the aircraft skidded off runway during take-off; based on other reports, the aircraft caught fire shortly after take-off and crashed 1 km east of the village of Shrachir. The crew has been killed.

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The two-person crew failed to eject.

The Sukhoi-24 attack aircraft, codenamed Fencer by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance, was heading out on a combat mission, but its crew failed to eject after the plane veered off the runway, the ministry was cited as saying.

A technical malfunction could have been the root cause of the accident, that did no cause damage on the ground, the Russian MoD said.

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This was reported in the defense Ministry.

Russian Federation has staged air strikes in Syria in support of the Assad regime since 2015.

The tragedy occurred on the basis of Russian military in Syria.

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