RUSSIAN MILITARY TRANSPORT PLANE CRASHES IN SYRIA, KILLING ALL 39 ON BOARD

RUSSIAN MILITARY TRANSPORT PLANE CRASHES IN SYRIA, KILLING ALL 39 ON BOARD

An Antonov An-26 Russian transport plane, like the one in this file photo, crashed Tuesday in Syria, killing all 39 people on board.

(CNN)Thirty-nine people, including Russian military personnel, were killed when a Russian transport plane crashed Tuesday while trying to land at Hmeimin air base in northwest Syria, Russian state media reported.

All 33 passengers and six crew members were killed in the crash, state-run RIA-Novosti reported, citing the Russian Defense Ministry. Earlier, it had been reported that 32 people had died.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was briefed on the incident by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during a working visit to Russia’s Sverdlovsk region, the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday.

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