Three Assad regime pilots were killed when their helicopter exploded at the Hama Military Airbase, as they were leaving to carry out strikes on opposition-controlled areas in Idleb.
On Tuesday, pro-regime Syrian Facebook networks mourned Lieutenant Col. Louay Abbas, Flight Major Yasser Raad, and Flight Lieutenant Jalal al-Atar, and said that they had died as a result of their aircraft exploding after a technical failure at Hama airbase.
The Tartous and Countryside News network added on Facebook that the flight officers “died while carrying out a combat sortie in their helicopter at the Hama airbase.”
Loyalist networks published images of the officers, confirming that they were on a combat mission in Idleb.
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