Video: Syrian L-39 combat trainer (probably hit by rebel's anti-aircraft fire) crashes into the ground

Aug 28 2012 - 5 Comments

Once again brought to my attention by the forum, this video shows a Syrian Arab Air Force L-39 crashing into the ground at the end of a right hand turn at low altitude on Aug. 23.

Although it’s hard to determine the real cause of the crash, it looks like the pilot got hit during the turn. Indeed, there are no appearent signs of failure nor clear signs of pilot error/micalculation: the plane seems to fly into the ground without the pilot trying any recovery action. Most probably he was unconscious.

On Aug. 27 a Mil Mi-8 was shot down over Damascus.