Russian military aircraft crashes into the sea off the Syrian coast
The two occupants died
A Russian military aircraft Sukhoi Su-30SM crashed into the sea off the coast of Latakia in Syria yesterday at 9:45 am (local time). The aircraft would have encountered difficulties probably following a bird strike shortly after the takeoff from the "Khmeimim" base in the city of Jableh. Bird strike is a dangerous phenomenon that often causes serious damage to engines and aircraft structure, putting at risk the safety of the flight. At the moment the hypothesis that the military jet could have been shot down would therefore be excluded. In the accident both pilots lost their lives.
The Sukhoi Su-30 is a multirole fighter plane based on the Su-27UB type. It is very similar to the Su-27Ub for size and shape so that they seem almost indisinguishable. It has been developed as a long-range interceptor fighter with the ability to share targets among a lot of aircrafts: a Su-30 can send 4 aircrafts 10 targets' radar coordinates (Awacs link). All Su-30SMs, although they have recently entered service in the Russian Air Force, will be upgraded to the Su-30SM1 standard, after their use in Syria has lead to a series of improvements with this specific version as for many other Russian aircraft that have intervened there.
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