Russian military jet crashes, kills 2
A Russian Su-30 fighter crashed in the Mediterranean Sea at 9:45 on May 3, 2018, off the coast of Syria and killed two pilots. According to TASS Russian News Agency, this has been the first Russian Su-30 to be lost. It has also been reported that the reason for the crash could have been due to a bird flying into the engine of the aircraft.
The defense ministry stated, "The plane was gaining altitude after taking off from Hmeimim airbase in Syria before it crashed." Hmeimim Air Base is the largest Russian airbase in Syria.
According to Reuters, "In Syria, it was used to launch air-to-ground missiles at rebel targets and to escort attack jets and strategic bombers."