Russian helicopter shot down in Syria, five confirmed dead

A the body of a Russian pilot shot down over Syria is dragged from the wreckage.

A spokesperson for president Vladimir Putin confirmed that all five crew members and passengers of the MI-8 are now reported dead Monday morning.

The was shot down Monday in the Syrian province of Idlib as it returned to the Hmeimim airbase after transporting humanitarian aid to Aleppo, according to the ministry of defense.

Russian helicopter crash

First news of the shoot-down came from the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights in Coventry, UK, but without giving further details.

“On board the were three crew members and two officers of the Center for Syrian reconciliation,” added the defense spokesperson.

Syrian rebels posted pictures of Russian documents and identification cards found at the crash site.
Syrian rebels posted pictures of Russian documents and identification cards found at the crash site.

Other social Media outlets, like Twitter, published images showing the wreckage. They also showed one of the pilots being dragged by the ankles.

The body of a Russian killed during the helicopter crash being loaded into a truck after in Syria.
The body of a Russian killed during the helicopter crash being loaded into a truck after in Syria.

Most of the Idlib province, in Syria’s northwest, is under control the Al Nusra Front whose leader Abu Mohammed Al-Jolani last week announced Al Nusra’s name change to the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, aka “Conquest of the Levant Front,” and added that they no longer owe allegiance to Al-Qaeda.

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