Russian military jet crashes in Syria, crew dead

Vadim Savitsky  Russian Defense Ministry's Press Office  TASS

"The Su-24 plane rolled off the runway and broke up while accelerating for takeoff".

The two-person crew failed to eject.

A Russian fighter-bomber skidded off the runway in Syria, killing its crew, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday, citing the Defense Ministry.

The crash could have been the result of mechanical failure, according to the ministry.

So far, Russia has lost 37 service men in the fight, including a Russian general who was killed in Deir Ezzor, ground zero for the military offensive.

Russian Federation has staged air strikes in Syria in support of the regime of Bashar al-Assad since 2015.

Over the past week, Russian jets have intensified their campaign, conducting up to 150 airstrikes per day, the reports said.

On Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry said its jets had flown over 500 combat missions over the previous week. All 92 passengers and crew aboard died.

December 5, 2016: a Sukhoi Su-33 Flanker air superiority fighter crashes failing to land on the deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier, pilot ejects safely. Russian Federation also lost two fighter jets past year, a Mig-29 and an an Su-33. The helicopter is later destroyed.

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