On May 3, a Russian Su-30SM fighter jet crasshed off the coast of the Syrian province of Latakia, the Russian Defense Minister said.
“A Russian Su-30SM fighter plane crashed over the Mediterranean Sea at around 9:45 a.m. Moscow time [06:45 GMT] when gaining height after taking off from the Hmeymim airfield. Both pilots, which were fighting to save the plane until the last moment, died,” the defense ministry said in a statement.
The statement clarified that the warplane had not been shot down. According to the preliminary data, a bird strike could be a cause of the incident.
This was not the first time when a Russian plane crashed in Syria because of technical reasons. In March a Russian An-26 military transport aircraft crashed during landing at Hmeymim airfield. 33 passengers and six crew members died in the incident.