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.