Russian Ka-52 helicopter crashes in Syria, killing both pilots, says Moscow defence ministry

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Moscow | Published: May 8, 2018 12:14:17 PM

A Russian helicopter has crashed in Syria killing both pilots, Moscow's defence ministry said in a statement carried by news agencies

Russian KA-52 helicopter crashes in Syria (Image: Reuters)

A Russian helicopter has crashed in Syria killing both pilots, Moscow’s defence ministry said in a statement carried by news agencies. “A Russian Ka-52 helicopter crashed while on a routine flight over the eastern regions of the Syrian Arab Republic, both pilots were killed,” the statement said, quoted by the TASS news agency. The statement further added that the incident “may have been due to a technical malfunction” and that a rescue team has recovered the bodies.

The incident is the Russian army’s second deadly crash in Syria in less than a week. On May 3, a Russian fighter jet crashed after taking off from an airbase, killing both pilots. Monday’s accident brings Russia’s official military losses in Syria to 88.

The most recent large military loss acknowledged by Russia came when a transport plane crashed while landing at the Hmeimim airbase of Syria in March, killing all 39 people on board. Russian nationals are also regularly reported to be serving as paid mercenaries in Syria and sometimes killed.

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