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2 Pilots Killed as Russian Helicopter Crashes in Syria

Crash follows the demise of a Russian jet over the Mediterranean on May 3, Asharq al-Awsat reports
2 Pilots Killed as Russian Helicopter Crashes in Syria

A Russian attack helicopter crashed in Syria late on Monday killing both pilots, Moscow's Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The Russian Ka-52 helicopter crashed while on a routine flight over Syria’s eastern regions. “Both pilots were killed," the statement said.

It added that the incident "may have been due to a technical malfunction" and that a rescue team recovered the bodies.

It did not give further details.

The incident is the Russian army's second deadly crash in Syria in less than a week. On May 3, a Russian Su-300 fighter jet crashed into the Mediterranean Sea after taking off from the Hmeimeem air base, killing both pilots.

The most recent large military loss acknowledged by Russia came when a transport plane crashed on landing at the air base in March, killing all 39 people on board.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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