2015 Syrian Air Force An-26 crash

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2015 Syrian Air Force An-26 crash
Hungarian Air Force Antonov An-26 departs RIAT 14thJuly2014 arp.jpg
A military Antonov An-26 similar to the aircraft involved
Accident or shootdown summary
Date January 18, 2015 (2015-01-18)
Summary Under investigation
Site Abu al-Duhur military airport, Idlib Governorate, Syria
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Passengers 29
Crew 6
Injuries (non-fatal) 0
Fatalities 35[1]
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Antonov An-26[2]
Operator Syrian Air Force
Registration YK-AND
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.[3] There were 35 people on board,[1] 30 Syrian soldiers[4] and 5 Iranian military experts.[5]

Syrian state media and the pro-insurgent SOHR, said that the crash was due to heavy fog or "technical issues"[1][6][4] and that the plane hit an electricity pylon.[7] However, Al-Qaeda affiliated group Al-Nusra Front claimed that they shot it down.[1][8][9]

Syrian media provided a list with the names of the 30 Syrian soldiers who were killed.[4] Per SOHR, 13 Syrian officers were among the fatalities.[5]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Syria conflict: Army 'plane crash' kills 35 soldiers". BBC News. 2015-01-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Syrian Air Force plane crash 201 - 37 people died". PlaneCrashes.org. 2015-01-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "At least 35 people killed in Syrian military plane crash". rte.ie. Retrieved 24 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Leith Fadel. "Idlib: Cargo Jet Crashes Outside of Abu Dhuhour Airbase - 30 Dead". Al-Masdar News. Retrieved 24 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 sohranas. "11 military leaders from militia of Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards die over the last 24 hours". Syrian Observatory For Human Rights. Retrieved 24 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Syrian military plane crash kills 35, al-Qaida claims credit". UPI. Retrieved 24 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Al Qaeda says downs Syrian cargo plane, army says fog causes crash". defenceweb.co.za. Retrieved 5 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Al Qaeda says downs Syrian cargo plane, army says fog causes crash". Reuters. 2015-01-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "ASN 20150118". Aviation Safety Network. 2015-01-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>