: Two Russian pilots die in chopper crash in Syria

11:46 Apr. 12, 2016

Two Russian pilots die in chopper crash in Syria

A Russian Mi-28N helicopter gunship is shown during its maiden flight in Moscow, April 30, 1997 (AP Photo)

Russian Ministry of Defence says the helicopter was not shot down

A Russian military helicopter Mi-28N (Havoc) crashed near the Syrian city of Homs on April 12. Two pilots on board died in the wreck.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, the chopper was not blown out of the sky.

"Analysis of the crash indicates no signs the helicopter was shot at", states the institution's report.

The bodies of the two dead personnel have already been evacuated to the Russian airbase in Syrian Hmeimim. The reason of the crash is yet to be established. An alarm response force is working at the place.

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Russia has been conducting a military operation in Syria since last September. On March 2016 Vladimir Putin ordered to withdraw the air forces from the country. However, later a Ministry of Defence rep in an interview with "Deutsche Welle" admitted the fact some Russian jets were still located at the Hmeimim airbase.

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Russia continues bombardments of the Syrian cities not controlled by the official government.

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