BEIRUT (AP) — Russia says a military cargo plane has crashed at the Russian air base in Syria, killing all 32 people onboard.
The Defense Ministry says the An-26, with 26 passengers and six crew members onboard, crashed Tuesday just 500 meters (1,600 feet) from the runway. The military blamed the crash on a technical error.
BREAKING: Russia's Defense Ministry says a Russian cargo plane has crashed in Syria, killing 32 people onboard.— The Associated Press (@AP) March 6, 2018
Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, leases a military base in Syria near the Mediterranean coast.