A Russian Su-25 fighter jet was shot down by Syrian rebels over the country of Syria on February 3. The pilot reportedly ejected after the jet was hit, but was killed.
“On 3 February 2018, a Russian fighter jet Su-25 crashed when flying over the Idlib de-escalation zone,” reported the Russian media agency TASS, citing a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry. “The pilot was able to report ejection from an area controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra militants [the terrorist group banned in Russia],” the defense ministry said, TASS reported. “The pilot was killed while fighting against terrorists.”
“According to preliminary information, the jet was brought down with a portable anti-aircraft missile system,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
According to American Military News, Russia fired back, launching missiles into the area where the Russian fighter was downed. According to the defense ministry, at least 30 terrorists were killed.
According to the defense ministry, it was confirmed that a man-portable air defense system that is a shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile, or “MANPADS” system was fired, which downed the Russian jet.
According to The Washington Post, this is an example of a rare incident when a Russian jet is shot down by rebels. The Post reported that the pilot was killed after exchanging fire with the rebels.
The Defense Ministry confirmed that the pilot was able to communicate that he had ejected from the aircraft in an area held by al-Qaeda-linked militants, but was later killed “in a fight with terrorists.”
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