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Russian aircraft crashes in Syria, crew killed

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MOSCOW – The crew of a Russian Su-24 warplane died when it crashed upon takeoff in Syria, Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

The incident took place at Khmeimim Airbase near Latakia on the country’s Mediterranean coast, a ministry statement said.

There were no survivors, it added.

A possible technical malfunction is being investigated as the cause of the crash, the defense ministry said.

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