BREAKING NEWS Manhunt underway after Springfield homicide Full Story
SEVERE WX : Winter Storm Warning View Alerts

Two dead after Russian military plane crashes in Mediterranean

A Russian military aircraft crashed in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Syria, killing both pilots on board, st...

Posted: May 3, 2018 10:38 AM
Updated: May 3, 2018 10:38 AM

A Russian military aircraft crashed in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Syria, killing both pilots on board, state media said Thursday.

The plane may have been affected by a bird flying into its engine, news agency RIA-Novosti reported, quoting a statement from the defense ministry,

The plane was gaining altitude after taking off from Hmeimim airbase in Syria before it crashed, the ministry said.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing a Russian military jet fall in the water off the coast of the town of Jableh, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Hmeimim, which is near Latakia, about 241 kilometers (150 miles) north of Damascus, is Russia's largest airbase in Syria.

In March, 39 people, including military personnel, were killed when a Russian transport plane crashed while trying to land at Hmeimin, Russian state media reported.

All 33 passengers and six crew members were killed in the crash, RIA-Novosti reported, citing the Defense Ministry.

In December 2016, a Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft crashed after taking off from the Adler airport near the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, killing 84 passengers and eight crew members. The plane was carrying more than 60 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, the Russian army's official dance and choir company, on its way to Syria to give a holiday performance for troops.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 154062

Reported Deaths: 2194
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah31723527
Washington21001211
Marion18279284
Clackamas13289175
Lane10127124
Jackson8224110
Umatilla761481
Deschutes592258
Yamhill374564
Linn354956
Malheur333958
Polk301642
Klamath276854
Douglas240252
Benton230316
Josephine230349
Jefferson194127
Coos140119
Union127119
Columbia124121
Wasco121926
Lincoln112520
Hood River106129
Morrow104114
Crook77918
Clatsop7766
Baker6467
Curry4116
Tillamook4092
Lake3746
Harney2716
Grant2221
Wallowa1424
Gilliam531
Sherman530
Wheeler221
Unassigned00
Eugene
Cloudy
37° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 37°
Corvallis
Cloudy
36° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 32°
Roseburg
Partly Cloudy
35° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 35°
North Bend
Mostly Cloudy
38° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 33°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events