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World Russian cargo plane crashes in Syria; 32 dead

17:21  06 march  2018
17:21  06 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

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A lineup of Russian troops is held before withdrawal at Hemeimeem air base in Syria in 2016. On Tuesday, a Russian military cargo plane crashed near the runway at the air base. © Vadim Grishankin, Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP A lineup of Russian troops is held before withdrawal at Hemeimeem air base in Syria in 2016. On Tuesday, a Russian military cargo plane crashed near the runway at the air base. MOSCOW — A military cargo plane crashed as it was descending to land at a Russian air base in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 32 people onboard, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The Russian military said an An-26, with 26 passengers and six crew members onboard, crashed just 500 meters (1,600 feet) from the runway. The military blamed the crash on a technical error.

Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, leases the Hemeimeem military base in Syria, near the Mediterranean coast.

The base is far from the front lines of the conflict, but came under shelling in December. The Russian military insisted the cargo plane did not come under fire, while saying it would conduct a full investigation.

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