Russia Says Cargo Plane Crashed in Syria, Killing 32 People Onboard
The Associated Press6 Mar 2018
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.