2015 Syrian Air Force An-26 crash
A military Antonov An-26 similar to the aircraft involved
|Accident or shootdown summary|
|Date||January 18, 2015|
Abu al-Duhur military airport, Idlib Governorate, Syria |
35°44′1.56″N 37°6′14.08″E / 35.7337667°N 37.1039111°ECoordinates: 35°44′1.56″N 37°6′14.08″E / 35.7337667°N 37.1039111°E
|Aircraft type||Antonov An-26|
|Operator||Syrian Air Force|
|Destination||Abu al-Duhur military airport, Idlib Governorate, Syria|
On 18 January 2015, an Antonov An-26 operated by the Syrian Air Force crashed while attempting to land at the besieged Abu al-Duhur military airport in Idlib Governorate, Syria. The plane was carrying troops as well as military equipment and ammunition. There were 35 people on board, 30 Syrian soldiers and 5 Iranian military experts.
Syrian state media and the pro-insurgent SOHR, said that the crash was due to heavy fog or "technical issues" and that the plane hit an electricity pylon. However, Al-Qaeda affiliated group Al-Nusra Front claimed that they shot it down.
Syrian media provided a list with the names of the 30 Syrian soldiers who were killed. The commander of the Syrian army division, Colonel Hussein Al-Yousif, was among those listed killed. Per SOHR, 13 Syrian officers were among the fatalities.
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