A military cargo plane has crashed as it was descending to land at a Russian air base in Syria, killing all 32 people onboard, Russia’s Defence Ministry has said.
The Russian military said an An-26, with 26 passengers and six crew members onboard, crashed 1,600ft from the runway.
The military blamed the crash on a technical error.
Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, leases Hemeimeem military base in Syria, near the Mediterranean coast.
The base is far from the front lines of the conflict, but came under shelling in December.
The Russian military insisted the cargo plane did not come under fire, while saying it would conduct a full investigation.
Russian Antonov An-26 transport plane crashed while preparing to land at the Khmeimim air base in #Syria. All 32 people on-board perished. Investigation is underway, most likely cause – technical malfunction . Our condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased pic.twitter.com/kLwdMbiDLh
— Russia in RSA 🇷🇺 (@EmbassyofRussia) March 6, 2018