6 March، 2018
Moscow, SANA Arabic
The Russian Defense Ministry announced the crash of a Russian transport plane as it landed at the Hmeimim airbase in Lattakia countryside.
“On March 6, Russia’s Antonov-26 transport plane crashed at about 15:00 Moscow time as it was about to land at Hmeimim airdrome. According to preliminary data, there were 26 passengers and six crew members on board. Nobody survived,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The aircraft hit the ground 500 meters short of the runway, according to the Ministry, adding that a technical malfunction could have caused the crash.
Russian defense confirmed later that they detected no sign on the plane’s structure that would indicate it had been shot down.