Report: Two pilots dead after Russian helicopter crashes in Syria

A Russian Mi-28N attack helicopter crashed in Syria in the early hours of Tuesday, killing the two pilots on board, news agency Interfax reported, citing the Defence Ministry in Moscow.

Citing a report from the crash site, the ministry said the helicopter had not been shot down, Russian state news agency TASS reported.

The helicopter came down in the central province Homs, a ministry spokesman told Interfax.

"A group of experts is working at the crash site," he said, adding that the bodies of the two pilots had been recovered and brought to a Russian air base.

Russia has been a key ally to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since it launched an air campaign in his support in late September 2015.

Last update: Tue, 12/04/2016 - 10:56

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