Russia’s Emergencies Ministry’s evacuation plane just made a quick stop in Syria

Russia is evacuating nationals from Syria in anticipation of a U.S. strike on Damascus’s Chemical Weapons arsenal.

An Il-62 registered RA-86570 and belonging to the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations made a very quick visit to Syria overnight.

The aircraft, using the callsign SUM9715 was first spotted around 21.11 GMT at FL370 as it overflew Moldova heading toward the Mediterranean Sea, avoiding Turkish airspace.

The aircraft entered the Syrian airspace east of Aleppo where its ADS-B transponder and landed at Lattakia around 00.05 GMT on Aug. 28.

The aircraft made a quick stop to unload some aids and after boarding some Russian and CIS nationals “who had earlier expressed their determination to return to Moscow,” took off again at 02.00 GMT as SUM9716.

Both flights could be tracked on


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