Russian warplane crashes during takeoff in Syria, killing 2

  • Russian warplane crashes during takeoff in Syria, killing 2

Russian warplane crashes during takeoff in Syria, killing 2

The Sukhoi's pilots were named as captains Medvedkov and Kopylov.

A Russian fighter-bomber skidded off the runway in Syria, killing its crew, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday, citing the Defense Ministry.

All of the crew died in the accident after they failed to eject themselves from the aircraft.

"The Su-24 plane rolled off the runway and broke up while accelerating for takeoff", said a Russian defence ministry spokesman.

The crash could have been the result of mechanical failure, according to the ministry.

Moscow launched its campaign in Syria in September 2015, turning the course of the conflict in President Bashar Assad's favor.

Reporters Without Borders says at least five journalists have been killed so far in 2017 in Syria.

December 25, 2016: a Tupolev Tu-154 airliner owned by the Russian Defence Ministry crashes 1.5 km off the coast of Sochi while on the way to Hmeimim in Syria.

Russian warplanes have been carrying out intense airstrikes in recent weeks against the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, where government forces are advancing against IS along the western bank of the Euphrates River. Russian Federation also lost two fighter jets past year, a Mig-29 and an an Su-33.