Moscow: Two pilots were killed when a Russian helicopter crashed near the eastern Syrian border. The Russian defence ministry has stated that the cause of the crash could be a possible technical snag in the helicopter. This is the second accident in one week, faced by the Russian Air force in Syria.
As per the information given by the Russian defence ministry, a KA-52 Alligator combat helicopter stationed at the Khmeimim airbase in Syria, was on a surveillance sortie. The helicopter crashed while patrolling the eastern Syrian border. The Russian defence ministry said that there was no attack on the helicopter.
This is the second jolt to the Russian Air force in the last one week. Last week, on 3rd of May, a Russian Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet crashed in the western region of Latakia near the Syrian coast. The Russian defence ministry had claimed that the crash was caused because of a bird hitting the engine. The Russian defence ministry has clarified that there was no terror attack or sabotage behind the crash.
United States Aircraft Carrier, Truman reaches the Mediterranean Sea
Washington: USS Truman, the United States aircraft carrier despatched by President Trump for special duties in Syria has reached the Mediterranean Sea. The United States navy has published information that the fighter jets from the aircraft carrier have started hovering over the Syrian airspace. The United States Navy informed that this was part of the action to attack the IS locations in Syria.
Captain Nicholas Dena informed that the USS Truman, which has reached the Mediterranean Sea, has initiated its Syrian campaign from the 3rd of May. The main responsibility of the Truman will be to provide support to the warships and submarines of the allies that are already present in the Mediterranean Sea. The United States Navy has said that USS Truman, equipped with 90 fighter jets and helicopters, will play a very important role in the Syrian campaign.
The fighter jets on this aircraft carrier reached the Syrian airspace on the 3rd of May, the same day when the report of the crash of the Russian fighter jet was received.