Russian military plane IL-20 disappears in Syria with 14 aboard
The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the Khmeimim Air Base is out of touch with the aircraft carrying 14 servicemen. This happened during the Israeli Air Force strike.
In the evening of September 17, the Russian airspace control facilities based on Khmeimim lost touch with the IL-20 military aircraft, carrying 14 servicemen on board, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the military department.
The Defense Ministry indicated that the plane disappeared from the radar screens at about 11:00 pm Moscow time during the Israeli Air Force attack on Syrian targets in Latakia province, which occurred on Monday evening. The military reported that the French frigate, which is located in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, launched missiles at the same time.
The military department was also informed that the command of the Khmeimim Air Base organized a search and rescue operation. Nevertheless, the fate of those on board is unknown.
Earlier, the Syrian government agency SANA reported that air defense means intercepted missiles fired at industrial facilities in Latakia province. At the same time, SANA claims that Israel participated in the attack.
The Israeli authorities have not yet commented on the incident.
The Interfax agency source in the bodies of international search reported that, according to preliminary data, an emergent incident of a critical nature could have occurred aboard. After that, the plane could fall into the Mediterranean Sea and sink.
IL-20 is based on the passenger IL-18 aircraft and is intended for electronic reconnaissance.