Russia Says Cargo Plane Crashed in Syria, Killing 32 People Onboard

Image of an Antonov An-26 "Curl" transport aircraft, taken from a RAF Typhoon aircraft during a QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) intercept over the Baltics in July 2015. Photo courtesy of the RAF/Ministry of Defence
Image of an Antonov An-26 "Curl" transport aircraft, taken from a RAF Typhoon aircraft during a QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) intercept over the Baltics in July 2015. Photo courtesy of the RAF/Ministry of Defence

MOSCOW -- Russia's Defense Ministry says a Russian cargo plane has crashed in Syria, killing 32 people onboard.

The Defense Ministry says the An-26, with 26 passengers and six crew members onboard, crashed Tuesday just 500 meters (1,600 feet) from the runway at the Russian military base in Syria. The military blamed the crash on a technical error.

Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, leases a military base in Syria near the Mediterranean coast.

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