A Russian transport plane crashed while trying to land at Hmeimin air base in Northwest Syria, killing 39.

State-run outlet RIA-Novosti is reporting that all 33 passengers and 6 crew members were killed in the crash.

Russia's Defense Ministry said the Antonov-26 transport plane came down 500 meters short of the runway.

The ministry is currently investigating the crash and says that preliminary data suggests it may have been a technical malfunction.



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