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Syrian Air Force Lost Mig-29SM In Take-Off Accident (Video, Photos)


The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) has lost one its Mig-29SMs fighter jets in a take-off accident, Luftwaffe AS, a Syrian aviation blog, revealed on March 7.

The Mig-29SM crashed on March 5 a few minutes after taking-off from the Sheirat Air Base in the central governorate of Homs due to a technical failure. The blog shared a video showing the fighter jet taking-off as well as a photo of the crash.

The fighter jet’s pilot was not able to eject and died in the accident. He was identified as Col. Yunes al-Makdid from the coastal governorate of Lattakia.

The SyAAF operates around 20 Mig-29. The Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG upgraded the Syrian jets to the specially developed SM standard, which allowed them to fire beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles (BVRAAMs) and precision-guided air-to-surface munitions. Furthermore, the Mig-29SMs were equipped with active jamming systems.

This was the first documented loss of Syrian Mig-29 since this type of fighter jets entered service with the SyAAF in 1989.

Since the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011, the SyAAF has used its Mig-29SMs a few times to provide Syrian troops, mainly in Homs and Damascus, with close air support.

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