Two pilots died when a Russian Mi-24 helicopter crashed due to a technical fault near the Syrian Hama military airfield, on December 31, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
“Both pilots died in a rough landing 15 k, from the airfield. The engineer got injuries and the rescue team sent him to the Hmeymim airfield, where he received necessary assistance,” the ministry said. “The crash was not caused by any firing.”
The ministry has denied reports that the helicopter was under fire from militants.
Unconfirmed reports about the incident appeared early on December 31. However, pro-militant media outlets were not able to provide evidence confirming their version that the helicopter was downed.