Videos show Ukrainian surveillance plane shot down by MANPADS (and crew jump from it)

Jun 06 2014 - 18 Comments

A Ukrainian AN-30 reconaissance plane was shot down by MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense System) in east Ukraine.

On Jun. 6, a Ukrainian Air Force AN-30 (or AN-26), believed to carry out surveillance missions was hit and downed by MANPADS over Slavyansk.

The aircraft reportedly crashed near Svyatogorsk north of Slavyansk.

Footage and photos showing the downing and the evacuation of the plane by the aircrew before the aircraft crashed into the ground have already been posted on Liveleak, Youtube and various Social Media.

We recently pointed out the risk posed by MANPADS to Ukrainian Armed Forces aircraft and helicopters.

Once again, thanks to Steppen Wolf for the heads-up

Top image via @Novorussia2015

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