Russian plane crashes in Syria, killing all on board

Russia’s defence ministry says the incident occurred at a base in Latakia Governorate

A Russian An-26 military transport plane iin Chelyabinsk region, Russia. A plane of the same type has crashed in Syria . File photograph: Interpress/Vladislav Belogrud via Reuters

A Russian transport plane crashed in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 32 people on board, Russian news agencies cited the Russian defence ministry as saying.

The ministry was cited as saying that the plane, a Soviet-designed An-26, crashed at Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Latakia Governorate and that initial information suggested the crash may have been caused by a technical fault.

It was quoted as saying that 26 passengers and six crew members were on board. – Reuters