Russian military jet crashes in Syria, crew dead

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"On October 10 during the implementation of acceleration for takeoff from the airfield Hamm for combat mission skidded off the runway and collapsed the su-24 aircraft", - said the representative of the Department.

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 aircraft have been based at the Khmeimim Airbase in Latakia province since September 2015, when Moscow launched its operation to battle Islamic State (IS, formerly ISILISIL) terrorists in Syria.

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

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The crew did not have time to eject, the statement said, without disclosing the number of people aboard.

A technical fault may have been to blame, the ministry said.

Russian Federation has used the Khmeimim Airbase, alongside others, to launch up to 150 airstrikes on Islamic State every day over the last week.

The toll of Russian servicemen officially reported killed in Syria is at 37 with these two deaths, the reports added.

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