2 pilots die in Russia helicopter crash in Syria

Ministry cites technical fault as cause of crash

16:03 January 3, 2018

MOSCOW: The Russian military says one of its helicopters has crashed during an emergency landing in Syria’s west, killing both pilots on-board.

The Defence Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that the Mi-24 helicopter was en route to the city of Hama when it crashed on Sunday.

Both pilots were killed when the helicopter had to perform an emergency landing 15km away from the airport. A technician on-board was injured and was promptly evacuated to a Russian base.

The ministry cited a technical fault as the cause of the crash and said the helicopter did not come under fire.