Russian Su-30SM Crashes in Syria, Both Pilots Dead

A Russian fighter jet has crashed off the coast of Syria killing both pilots'after a bird strike

A Russian fighter jet has crashed off the coast of Syria killing both pilots'after a bird strike

Two Russian pilots were killed after a SU-30 military jet crashed in Syria, the Russian military said Thursday.

"Both pilots died on the spot", the statement, released by the ministry, added, according to Anadolu Agency. "No fire effects on the aircraft was not", - is spoken in the message of the defense Ministry.

Images have started to show up on social media depicting a rising cloud over a disturbance in the waters off Jabla.

"According to preliminary information, a bird strike may have caused the crash", it said.

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The plane was one of Russia's most advanced fighter aircrafts and performed its maiden flight in 2012.

According to the ministry, the plane was not shot down.

The incident was preceded by a crash that occurred last March and claimed the lives of 32 people on board.

Since Russia launched its military operations to fight ISIS in Syria back in September 2015, the number of its aircraft accidents has increased.

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