Russian military plane crashes in Syria, 32 killed - agencies

Tuesday, 2018-03-06 21:27:40
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Candles, flowers, a piece of bread and a glass of vodka are placed in memory of passengers and crew members of Russian military plane, which crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria, at the Russian embassy in Minsk, Belarus in December, 2016. (Photo:Reuters)
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A Russian military transport plane crashed in Syria on March 6, killing all 32 people on board, Russian news agencies quoted the Russian Defence Ministry as saying, an incident that sharply raises the death toll from the Kremlin's Syria operation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered "a significant part" of Moscow's military contingent there to start withdrawing in December, declaring their work largely done.
But casualties continue to mount.

The defence ministry was cited as saying that the plane, an An-26, crashed at Russia's Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province and that initial information suggested the crash may have been caused by a technical fault.

Twenty-six passengers and six crew members were on board, and all were killed in the crash, the news agencies quoted the ministry as saying.

In December 2016, a plane carrying a Russian military orchestra to Syria crashed in the Black Sea, killing all 92 people on board.