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BREAKING: Su-24 Fighter Jet Crashes In Syria On Departure

A Russian Su-24 fighter jet has crashed at Hmeimim base while attempting take-off. The crew on board did not eject and were killed. Reports have said that technical failure is suspected.

The plane was on its way to Syria, where airstrikes have been ongoing since 2015 in retaliation against President Bashar Assad. Defense industry spokespersons say Russia has conducted as many as 150 airstrikes against Islamic jihadists in Syria.

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. Russia also lost two fighter jets last year, a Mig-29 and an an Su-33. Both were deployed from a carrier off the Syrian coast.

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Kim Clark

Written by Kim Clark

Former CNN Radio News Network anchor Kim Clark is a freelance writer and editor, specializing in the aviation industry and financial markets. She currently freelances for S&P Global and works as a club and event Disc Jockey in Atlanta, Georgia, after having held positions doing news on radio morning shows and holding down the position of Music Director of commercial radio stations owned by Cumulus and Clear Channel.

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