A Russian Air Force Sukhoi-Su-25 fighter jet has been shot down in Idlib, a rebel-held area in Syria’s north-western province. The Russian defence ministry confirmed the crash and said the jet most likely be shot down by man-portable air-defence systems (MANPAD).
The pilot had ejected into an area believed to be under the control of al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants. According to emerging reports, the pilot survived the crash, but was killed by militants on the ground.
Russia’s defence ministry said: “The pilot had enough time to report that he had ejected in an area controlled by the militants of Jabhat al-Nusra”…”During a battle with terrorists, the pilot was killed.”
Video posted on social media showed the jet being hit and quickly catching fire, before spiralling to the ground, and in another disturbing video showed a bloodied body in a uniform believed to the Pilot.
The Sukhoi-25, a close-support ground-attack aircraft, was operating over the town of Maasran in Idlib.
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