Russian Su-24 Fencer Jet Crashes Near Hmeymim Airbase In Syria. Crew Killed.

Oct 10 2017 - 10 Comments

A Russian Fencer has crashed shortly after (or during) take-off from airbase near Latakia, in western Syria. Pilot and Nav killed in the accident.

A Russian Air Force Su-24M2, deployed to Syria, has crashed earlier today near Hmeymim air base, near Latakia.

According to the first reports, the aircraft skidded off runway during take-off; based on other reports, the aircraft caught fire shortly after take-off and crashed 1 km east of the village of Shrachir. Anwyay, the crew did not eject from the Fencer and died in the accident.

A technical malfunction could have been the root cause of the accident, that did no cause damage on the ground, the Russian MoD said.

This is the second Su-24 that the Russian Air Force has lost since the beginning of the air campaign over Syria. The first one was the Su-24 that was shot down by a Turkish Air Force F-16 on Nov. 24, 2015 after violating Turkey’s airspace for 17 seconds. Both the crew members managed to eject from the aircraft but whilst the navigator was rescued, the pilot was shot and killed by Syrian rebel ground fire while descending by parachute.

Other Russian jets lost during the air war on ISIS include the Russian Navy MiG-29K and Su-33 that respectively crashed on Nov. 14 and Dec. 5, 2016,  while attempting to land aboard the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier at its first combat cruise off Syria.

Image credit: Russian MoD

  • CharleyA

    D*ck move to shoot the defenseless pilot descending in a parachute. No professionalism, ragtag fighters, little more than savages.

    • Holztransistor

      The one who was responsible is a Turk that was fighting alongside Turkmen in Syria. Hardly a rebel but a mercenary. He’s also member of a radical Turk organization – the “ultranationalist” Grey Wolves (fascist in newspeak is ultranationalist). Last I heard was that he was sentenced to 5 years of prison in Turkey.

    • Ethan Mclean

      Yeah, apparently the west/us only arms and finances those guys. Lessons on the Geneva conventions and PoW treatment aren’t in the playbook.

    • Todor Kolev

      I guess shooting at ground troops that have no AA defences is the pinnacle of civilisation then…

      It’s a war zone – you shoot at them, they shoot at you. Eventually someone dies.

  • Black Eagle

    Sad to hear this, they are the real heroes that have been fighting against the evil that is affecting almost the whole world. Rest In Peace brave pilot Capt. Yuri Medvedkov and brave navigator Capt. Yuri Kopylov. You won’t be forgotten.

  • Mahmoud Larfi

    Russia bad ! Uses chemical weapons ! Kills only civilians :(
    US good ! Uses smart bombs ! Kills only terrorists :)

  • OR

    There is no reference to RuAF (I doubt you read it) using chemical weapons in the article that you have provided, anyone who is willing to reson clearly sees that: 1 there would not be any benefit from using chem weapon for Assad In this situation, Assad was winning by that time; 2 this is another staged chemical weapons attack, yes they might have get some substances to make it look real but still many things have Not been done so well, have you ever seen the crater of the bomb impact, did you those pictures that surfaced the media after the “attack”?..

  • Black Eagle

    That’s because Russian pilots never dropped chemical weapons on civilians. How long will take you to get this? Apparently you accept only distorted Western stories based on zero direct evidences about any Russia’s involvement in this.